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January 08, 2005
In the email today
Filed in: Alberto Gonzales, Current Affairs, Politics, War on Terror

I began this little blog because I reached a place in life where I felt I had some things to say and just wanted a place to say them.

Over time it has become a heady experience to get a link from a place like The Corner (who isn't ranked in the TTLB Ecosystem - but I feel certain that they are larger than anyone out there) and get inundated with 10,000 hits in one day for a piece written from the heart. Of course, this is followed a couple of days later by the precipitous plunge back to 'normal' search and link levels developed through toil.

Then I get an email today. It starts with:

"Whoever you are, you're a lifesaver."

So far so good. It continues:

"I participate in a chat room ... I must be a glutton for punishment as 95% of the members are liberals, some ravingly so."

I like this too - a compatriot doing battle to advance the cause. Then:

"One of the raving-est members persistently shrieks about how Republicans support torture, and can post about little else these days than how deplorable Judge Gonzales is. I scanned the internet and came across ONE and only ONE elaboration on the "quaint" and "obsolete" phrase used in Gonzales's memo to Pres. Bush. The rest of the sites completely misrepresented--out of ignorance or malice--the sense of Gonzales's memo...I... happened upon your site, which quoted the entire paragraph."

Whoa. "ONE and only ONE". I wrote that post on November 30th. Friend Jeff linked to it with a nice invitation to his readers. Got one comment from a moonbat that read it last week and must have thought that I wrote it the day he read it. Then this.

Dear reader goes on to elaborate more discussion at the chat room using the truth from my post and asks some questions. We've entered into a collaboration that I hope will be supportive to the discussion.

Since the Nov 2nd election, a few significant bloggers have hung up the keyboard. Allah is perhaps the most notable (though we've been fortunate to find him commenting from place to place). Jeff has recently expressed some misgivings about what really validates this experience.

We Northwest bloggers still have incredible excitement left in our wild gubernatorial experience. But we are approaching an after in a few weeks or a few months as well.

For me, just the expression, the getting it out activity is rewarding enough - what an amazing relief from the frustration of not feeling heard I have received from just expressing my thoughts.

But a gift like this is something precious. A post that is a "ONE and only ONE" for somebody with a common cause means a step beyond just expression. It means a contribution to change. What Hugh Hewitt might call making a difference.

I'll continue with the effort of expression and I'll be humbly thankful for blessings like this.



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