Email to Bill O’Reilly

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From: Jason Diederich <>
Date: Apr 12, 2007 12:36 PM
Subject: Imus and Free Speech

Mr. O'Reilly;

Did I miss something in the Imus case?  Does he hold some position of power over Rutgers University that requires their basketball team to hold a press conference over a reference to them as badly-coiffed prostitutes?  Was there a greater context to the message that wasn't reported in the coverage, which has lasted for more days than the reported offense has words?
I personally have be called much worse things than a "nappy-headed ho."  If we are going to endorse a revocation of any pretense of free speech in our country, rather than simply telling these women to get on with their lives, then I don't think that rap "artists" should be the conservative extension of the argument.  Let's go after people like Michael Moore, who continually refer to our armed forces in Iraq as "boys" and other euphemisms designed to disempower them (that is the pretext of the uproar over Imus' statement, correct?) by casting these modern heroes as victims and dupes.  Let's go after Bill Keller of the New York Times, who abused free speech by publicly revealing classified information, thereby doing irreparable damage to our national security.

Jason C. Diederich
Columbia, MO

SGT Jason C. Diederich, MOArNG

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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