Friday, June 16, 2006

While we are waiting for the main event

I will perform a rare ask Beak segment. I will turn the questions over to you and you get to interview me.

38 comments:

nanc said...

your height in inches, please - i wouldn't want to offend you with my latest post. thank you ahead of time.

the merry widow said...

Beaker- Since I am relatively new, my question is; What was the turning point that caused you to start your blog?

tmw

beakerkin said...

67 inches.

beakerkin said...

On Front Page Forum we had a nasty troll called Socrates. He would post under a dozen or so vile aliases. David Horowitz never made an effort to clean him out. Uptown is a pain but he generally has some limited concept of honor.

A new site oppened up called Moonbat Central and it required posters to have a blogger account.
In the early days of Moonbat central it was Redbeard, Beamish, I think rightminded, myself and a odd fellow who had a blog called rant farm.

I accepted Dr Yeagley's invitation to post on Bad Eagle and spent less time elsewhere. Warren and I hit it off and we developed a blog and soon Jason and Mr Beamish formed a small community. Our best break was when I invited a brand new poster on Jasons site to a segment called the Electronic bar.
That new blogger was AOW who along with Felis have raised the visability of the site.

Oddly as the size of our community grew and I include Ducky we attracted people who want to camp out and turn this blog into their soap box.

Always On Watch said...

Beak,
When did your interest in politics/world affairs begin?

the merry widow said...

Beaker- Was it a gradual realization or an "AHHA!" moment?

tmw
That was what I meant to ask, only clumsily!

beakerkin said...

It came as an outgrowth of my love for history and early childhood life in the Catskills. I remember listening to my Uncle Julius descibing the horrors of WWI and the mustard gas.

Even as far back as 1974 I would devour the newspaper. Unlike the history books the anti war protestors were loathed. I was always fervently anti communist as far back as ten.

I picked up the life in Europe from my grandparents. One of my cranky Uncles was a Holocaust survivor and had vivid memories of liquidations by commies and then larger ones by the Nazis.

I was a Cold war Democrat but that breed is gone.

beakerkin said...

TMW

I owe much of my sucsess to Mac for banning me from Bad Eagle. I decided to build a site with my dream. It would be unpredictable and lively and try new formats.

We would do interviews, books, roasts and some comedy. I wanted to provide something different and unique. This site has become predictable and it isn't by design.

uptownseteve said...

beaker

The overwhelming majority of Jewish-Americans tend to vote Democratic and lean toward liberalism.

Do you consider them to be traitors and commies?

What can Jewish conservatives like you do to convince them that they're wrong?

beakerkin said...

First of all if you define me as a Conservative you aren't reading closely enough.

Second of all there can be no dealings with Marxists, Nazis, Racial power kooks or Jihadis. I do not allow utopians near the debate as they are all my enemy. Working with Commies does make one wonder about loyalty. That is why it is imperative to distance ones self from the Michael Lerner marxist types.

beakerkin said...

Uptown

You can remain on the parody blog with the assorted Soc clones. Snow needs all the readers he can get.

I am glad you are on Lashawn again spend your time there.

MissingLink said...

I have a few questions:
1. Which part of NY do you live?
2. Have you been to Oz if not would you like to visit?
3. Have you ever been on the 'liberal' side of the politics, if yes what made you change 'sides'?

beakerkin said...

1I was born in Brooklyn but consider Staten Island my home town. I have lived in Manhattan a nd Queens for times as well. Currently I am in Northern Vermont.

2 I haven't been to Oz but it is high on my list. There are many places I would like to see in America such as Santa Fe and San Antonio.

3 I am still the rare patriotic liberal. We seldom post on domestic policiesbut I am to the left of most here except for Freedom Now perhaps and Possum.

I have no use for Commies and will not form alliances with them. Defending our country takes priority over everything.

The problem is most nuts on the left are so anti war centric that they call any war supporter a canservative.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Beakerkin,

Do you believe war is mankind's greatest invention?

Warren said...

Has anyone ever attempted to mug you anywhere except on the blogs?

;^)

beakerkin said...

Warren

Not yet.

Mr Beamish

War is a necessary evil that must be done as a last resort. Utopians will push the enolope and force us to defend ourselves.

Elmer's Brother said...

Beak,

Uppity sent me this one: Boxers or Briefs?

Why do you think so many Christians are attracted to your site? or is it just coincidence?

What is your favorite cinematic comedy? Do you have a favorite comedy team? Do you find the political satire of the Marx Brothers (It is rumored that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film Duck Soup because he thought it was a direct attack upon him ) funny?

Have you ever hunted? How do you feel about it?

Do you think one can love Muslims (e.g. like Christians are commanded to)and not love their behavior? How does one prevent themselves from exposing the wrongs of radical Islam and not come across as hateful?

Have you ever served in the military? If so what branch? years served? If not had it ever crossed you mind?

FLORIAN said...

Which is why I have many guns Beaker. Utopians don't like armed civilians--they cannot control them. Stalin once said the worst thing they could do would be to allow citizens of his Socialist Republic to have firearms. Notice the pattern around the world. CA and some parts of NY and IL have very liberal gun laws (read very strict). SF actually banned the ownership and purchasing of guns.

Warren said...

Flavius Vegetius Renatus, who wrote in the "De re militari" 390 B.C.: "Qui desiderat pacem, bellum praeparat; nemo provocare ne offendere audet quem intelliget superiorem esse pugnaturem". (Whosoever desires peace prepares for war; no one provokes, nor dares to offend, those who they know know to be superior in battle.)

With my addendum:

But only if they prove themselves willing to fight and unafraid to win.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Beakerkin,

No evil is necessary. But war is not evil. War is the only thing that has ever brought peace.

Freedomnow said...

You got my curiousity. What is your stance on gun control?

Al Qaeda's campaign against the US has polarized the politics in our country. If Al Qaeda was defeated and Iraq/Afghanistan secure would you go back to being a Democrat?

What is your favorite drink and what is your favorite vice?

beakerkin said...

Elmer

Briefs

I am a different type of blogger.I am not personally religious but I respect those who feel a higher calling. I guess my view that man can not replace god and that respect do come through in my posts.

I have watched the Marx brothers for years. My father was a fan and what is there is a reflection of you much like an inkblot.

I am pro hunting but have never done so myself except when driving to work, roadkill.

Remember I am not a Christian so the love of enemies does not resonate. I view Islam in the broader historical scope and speak of its colonial history. I think a rational non Marxist western view is to respect all life including Muslim while not discounting the real dangers we face. If there are Utopians out there who want to create their vision in this world they must be stoped.

I have never served in the military as I came of age in the Reagan years. As a younger man I wanted to sign up for the army in Gulf war one. My exwife however was issues that made this impossible.

Freedom Now: I am anti Gun Control Mr Poe moved me to the right with his book.

I never was a Democrat at any time. I am a Cold Warrior and by 1980 liberal Cold Warriors were in the GOP.

I do not drink much so an odd beer
mostly a Becks or Sam Adams. However I do like an odd brew called Saint Sixus but it is not widely available.

My vice is junk food.





Although I am not a Christian I respect Christs messages in its various forms printed word, art and to a lesser degree music.

Unlike the Duck I am not a film snob. I watch whatever is on the tube. I did like Eating Raul. I am probably the only person who would quote the forgotten Wilder and Pryor team Stir Crazy was funny.

the merry widow said...

You're in the hot seat Beaker! That's alright, sounds like you follow the original intent of the word, "liberal". Eclectic in your thinking, based on interests, education, upbringing and just making up your own mind! Kewl!
I don't think your site is that predictable, except for certain trolls who shall remain unnamed, I don't want to call the beasts from thier lairs!
Good morning and G*D bless!

tmw

Brooke said...

Beak,

Nice Q&A!

What is your favorite period in history?

beakerkin said...

I am partial to WW2. Amazingly I went to the bookstore looking for the Russo Polish war of 1920 but found zero. It is good to see the Poles kick Commie Tail.

Elmer's Brother said...

Beak one of my favorite periods in history is the civil war. Do you read much of it? Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is one of my favorite people of that time. Have you read or heard much of him?

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Beakerkin,

Even Finland kicked Soviet Commie ass in World War 2.

Until Allied aerial bombing provided by the United States and Britain shattered the Nazis along the Eastern front, the Red Army was never good enough to call insignificant.

FLORIAN said...

So when do you want to do an interview over at my site Beak?

beakerkin said...

Elmer

Many people have a fondness for the Civil War. There is a romantic quality to the era. I have limited readings in that era. I have heard of Chamberlin but never read his work.

Mr Beamish

You do have an excellent point. What is forgotten is that many Ukranians and Balts joined the Nazis. The simple explanation on a John Brown level that they were Nazi sympathizers misses the mark.
The commie misrule and criminality had created plenty of hostility in the general population. However the Nazis barbarism proved much worse but the hiwis are forgotten today.

beakerkin said...

Florian

That is a good question. Just let me know when you are ready. The simple rules are I will not respond to any John Brown posts. Socrates posts should also be deleted.

Let me know when you are ready and I will do an interview on your site.

Always On Watch said...

EB,
This past term, my class studied Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. According to the background material I found on the book, Ivanhoe was extremely widely read in the antebellum South. Idealistic dreamers able to compartmentalize?

Beak,
Widely read novels--or the novels which the various leaders were reading--in the run-up years to any war sometimes provide a clue as to how the various sides entered the war. Of course, we all know that nonfiction plays a huge part, but so does fiction.

beakerkin said...

AOW

The appreciation of fine works of fiction is an assett. Yet I preffer to read non fiction as a rule. Books like Schwartz's from West to East on California's litterary history remain excellent reading. I have purchased a book about the history and art of my family Lvov. The posts generated by that book may only appeal to Felis.

Always On Watch said...

Beak,
I've nearly stopped reading fiction--the result of 9/11. But I remain convinced that bestsellers tell us something about the culture and the mindset of a particular period.

beakerkin said...

AOW

I do enjoy Mitchner and was surprised Dr Yeagley is a fan as well. Drums along the Mohawk by Edmonds was the most amazing fictionl recount of a battle that I have read.

I would be surprised if other then Warren, Mr B, Mustang and yourself if anyone was aquainted with the battle of Oriskany.

Elmer's Brother said...

I like Chamberlain because he was gutsy, real and a gentlemen. He of course is credited with saving the Union left at Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. Managed to survive being wounded 6 times including one where he was left for dead. Grant gave him the detail to accept the Confederates surrender of their arms and during the procession had the Union Army salute them. He understood Lincoln's desire for reconciliation. He went on to serve as the Governor of Maine for 4 terms and was Dean of Bowdoin College (where he taught before the war). After the war he wrote at least one book I have read called "The Passing of the Armies."

the merry widow said...

Mitchner is outstanding! He does so much research that you get a feel for the area he is writting about.

tmw

beakerkin said...

I think AOW also has read some Mitchner as well. He apparently is more popular then I thought.

kev said...

Beak--I was surprised to read that you classify yourself as a liberal. Wish all liberals were as thinking as you. And that is not to be taken as a desire for everyone to agree with my way of thinking. Dissent and thoughtful disagreement is good, but there has to be common sense.