Bill Whittle has always been an inspiration for me, as he has for many others. His website, “Eject, Eject, Eject”, along with our godfather, Wretchard at “Belmont Club” said the kinds of things many of us had been hoping to hear the MMMSM articulate [those extra ‘M’s are for Militant & Meretricious]. We had to wait until men of integrity like these two showed up on the new media to say flat out what so many of us had been thinking but dared not speak. One of our fondest moments was finding Gates of Vienna on Wretchard’s blogroll — where it remains, by the way, despite the fracas that was to come when we wuz booted out of PJM for posting a descriptive scenario. The powers-that-be at PJM were sufficiently indoctrinated in political correctness and this training created blind spots in their rear view mirror. Sadly, they still don’t know what’s gaining on them.
But that’s just context now.
When Mr. Whittle published a book of those essays, calling the collection Silent America, we bought it. Back before we became too-too for Pajamas Media, it was a pleasure to be part of the same team — on a different part of the food chain, of course — as those two men. On one of his trips to Europe, the Baron brought Whiittle’s book along as a gift for one of the group there — it’s been so long now, I forget who was the lucky recipient.
“Eject” is archived now, but it still has readers judging by the thousand-plus comments on an Afterword he published this past May. Recently, with the acquisition of my netbook, I began to subscribe to Mr. Whittle’s You Tube channel, “Afterburner” — free to you and me and I highly recommend his entertaining polemics.
Here’s my latest favorite:
Recently I discovered that PJ-TV is running a special:
For forty dollars a year you get access to all their videos, a whole host of people and ideas. The site has a free section, too, but the current cost of the lowest subscription works out to less than ten lattes (the price of the nearest Starbucks’ version remains my lowest common denominator of exchange even though lattes aren’t on The List anymore).
Americans with discretionary income, good connectivity, and a working intellect should seriously consider investing in what’s on offer at PJ-TV. It’s mainstream U.S conservatism; in other words, as far as I know, they pull back still from the vital work that ‘phobes do. A sad omission on their part, no doubt due to the nervousness of their funding sourcews, but with Whittle, et al, it’s still a worthy project. And with Scrappleface up there —or Andrew Klavan anyone? — it’s rich fare, even though a limited menu.
That they’ve decided to avoid the Islam-critical voices raised in realistic alarm is sad, but where’s there’s life…who knows? Frenemies they may be, but the voices they do have are important.
[A special thank you to the donor who provided us with the lattes necessary to start viewing all those guys…]