It is difficult to believe that it was one year ago today that I launched this blog with this post about JFK assassination suspect David Atlee Phillips. (It was this post in fact which led to this blog being referenced in Joan Mellen's A Farewell to Justice.) At that time I did not have a home computer and so I blogged mostly on my lunch break. Joseph Cannon was the first blogger to link to this site, followed by Professor Hex, and then others. At that time I did not have Sitemeter, and so did not know how few people were actually reading this. Since February, when I added Sitemeter I have had 11,391 visitors, including a guy who was apparently googling for rectal thermometer porn.
Originally my focus was primarily on the Kennedy assassination and other covert operations, some of the material from my own research and some that of others. Over time I have ventured more into the current situation in this country, as never more than now do the lessons of the past need to be applied to the present. The "official story" of our history, I am afraid, is largely as much a fairy tale as the pronouncements of the current administration. George Orwell said, "Telling the truth in a time of universal deceit is a revolutionary act," and that is where we find ourselves today. It is not so much a matter of Republican versus Democrat as Republic versus Empire, and Democracy itself is at stake, as it always is.
A few years after the assassination of President Kennedy, District Attorney Jim Garrison of New Orleans received a mysterious manuscript titled The Plot. A man of keen literary sensibilities he gave it a more apt title: Farewell America, for he knew better than most what was at stake. Garrison's investigation was flawed, like the man himself, but he battled powerful forces, and he sought the truth about our history. He took as his motto an old Roman maxim, fiat justitia, ruat coelum: "Let justice be done, though the heavens fall."
I am still struggling to find my own voice in this blog and I have given some thought to what I want to do in the year ahead. There are so many blogs that follow the news of the day and comment on it, and do it better, like Born at the Crest of the Empire. Nonetheless, I expect that I will continue to excerpt news stories that catch my eye, and there's no point in having a blog if you're not going to put your two cents in. Nor do I plan to get all serious--you can expect to continue to find the occassional scantily clad woman, as in my "dead strippers" series, and cheap shots at the President are always fun. I do plan more posts on the Kennedy assassination, a long-time interest of mine. I know I risk being dismissed as a "conspiracy blogger," but that is a risk I am willing to take. Even in my JFK assassination work I have always been willing to risk not being taken seriously, as I have investigated fringe areas, such as the Gemstone File, and the McCone-Rowley document, which I was the first to foist upon the world. (See my links under Research Projects.) Nonetheless, I feel I have made a few small contributions to the field, although nothing on the scale of some of the people I have corresponded with over the years, including Dick Russell, George Michael Evica, and Joan Mellen.
So, more of the same, but hopefully better.