Thursday, April 26, 2012

Someone commented on another blog:
"I read a comment on another blog where one of Paul's passages was flagged as suspect because he remembered exactly how a window sounded when he opened it. Um, he was a "Military Intelligence Officer". Those guys are trained to remember everything. Sights. Sounds. Smells. Nothing gets past them.

In open forums everyone has an opinion. Sometimes I'm impressed with the deep thought and consideration put into peoples' comments. Other times I'm reminded that many people speak from a point of their basest fears and hates.

As an old favorite comedian of mine Gallagher says, "The public are bovine".


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It is my blog, and my words, this individual is referring to.

This particular individual has never gone out of his way to insult me in the past… so, I’ll clarify a couple things (which need clarification), as politely as I possibly can.

#1) My words have been taken out of context and distorted.

I wasn’t surprised that PJ remembered how difficult the window was to open… or… that PJ remembered the window made noise (as he opened it). 
That assertion is simply incorrect, and not accurate. 
I wasn’t surprised at PJ's recollection or recall skills, at all.

What did surprise me… was that a middle-aged man (PJ in this case) would relate his memory of that noisy window, with the words used in the book.
“The front window squawked in protest as I raised it."

It’s the way his memory was expressed (not his recollection of it)... which aroused my suspicion (as to whether this was truly, a firsthand account taken directly from PJ’s transcript).
I doubted that the memory was expressed "in his own words”… to be exact.

It sounded rather…much more likely (to me)… that the memory was actually expressed "in Alisa’s own words”.
That was my point.
It’s a slight difference… but a significant one, nonetheless.

Allow me to explain the significance...

My statement regarding the window was just one tiny example of an overall theme, which I had observed throughout the book.
I could have dug out any number of similar tiny examples.
It just so happens… I chose that one (the window).

The “theme” which I‘m referring to… is that Alisa speaks in the first person on behalf of everyone contained in the book.
That’s certainly not a major tragedy or deal breaker by any means… but nonetheless… an observation worthy of mention in a review.

Based on what I read… I believe this is Alisa Statman’s book.
What I mean specifically:
I believe this is Alisa Statman’s own personal recount (or retelling) of events... based on her research of (and access to) several original Tate sources.
That’s how I would most accurately describe what I (personally) found within the pages.

There’s no denying that Statman DOES speak in the first person… on behalf of ALL the Tate’s found in ths book.
That is not a profound statement… since ALL the Tate’s (who tell their story in this book) are deceased.

Look:
If you don’t use original transcripts and writings from the deceased… you most certainly will (by default) HAVE to end-up, with the situation I described (above)… which is... Alisa relating PJ’s memories "in her own words"… "and from her own interpretation"… FOR HIM.
Dead people don’t talk.
That’s not bovine thinking… it’s airtight logic.

PJ did not tell his military friends:
“The front window squawked in protest, as I raised it“. 
Trust me folks… that didn’t happen.
That’s Alisa’s “book rendition” of the account.

This is what PJ actually said to his comrades:
“That f#cking window definitely wasn’t opened the night of the murders guys.  It was sealed tighter than a bull’s ass”. LOL (Or… something to that effect).

Anyway…

All this minutia is DEFINITELY much-a-do about nothing.
Mountains out of molehills, as it were.
I really think the blog world gets bored sometimes, and needs an occasional feud to spice things up.
I mean…
What are we really analyzing to death here?
It’s just a book for cripes sakes. 
How and why, did this subject (and book) become so personal to some folks?

The second thing I’d like to clarify is this:

I have no “base fears or hate” towards Alisa… zero.
This is such an over-exaggeration, it’s really beneath me to respond.
I don’t know Alisa from Adam.

I don’t know if “hate” is being used these days as some kind of new Jerry Springer buzzword… which I’m too old and “out of touch” to understand… but, “hate” only means one thing to me.
I’ve probably hated 2 or 3 people total… in my entire life… and Alisa Statman definitely isn't one of them.
I read her book… and I’ve read a dozen (or so) of her comments on the blogs.
That’s the absolute extent of my knowledge of the woman.
I certainly don’t hate the woman.

I wrote my opinion/review of her book on my blog, which is my prerogative.
My review was not particularly defamatory or harsh, by any means.
No… I probably didn’t enjoy the book quite as much, as some other folks did… but I didn’t hate it either.
That’s life.
I paid for the book. I read it. I gave my opinion of it. It’s over… or, at least it should be.

There isn’t a single book ever written which was liked equally and universally by every reader… not even the Holy Bible.
Why would we expect this book to be different?
If other folks love this book, that’s fine with me.
It seems to me (ironically).. that even the lightest criticism of this book... is not allowed... under any circumstances... and arouses the most "hate".
It seems anyone who doesn't LOVE every aspect of this book, is considered a wretch... a closet gay-basher... and heaven knows what else.
Is that really realistic?

Let's face it... this entire book topic has become completely overblown.

My "Restless Souls" thread was open to the public for several days initially.
In that time… the author of the comment (above) never stopped-by to discuss his opinion with me. 
Now… my words are being taken out of context, after-the-fact at another location?
C’mon folks… let’s be fair about things.
If anyone wants to discuss my commentary (regarding any topic)… please come on down and let's communicate directly and amicably.
That's the most sensible route... and best for everyone concerned.
This kinda stuff is just silly.
I've never deleted any comments posted by the author of this comment.
There's no reason he should feel unwelcome here.

Peace… Lynyrd

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PS.. and, as an aside:

I find this whole situation quite ironic... as, I actually did Alisa a BIG favor.

My book review thread was open to the public for several days. 
Ultimately… I closed it down, because the topic (of the thread) was straying from the book itself… into personal opinions of Alisa herself (and her personal business). 
I wanted no part of any personal assessment of Alisa… so, I halted the comments/thread. 
I know my bloggers better than anyone… and the subject (just as elsewhere) was going south quickly. 

Believe me…
I did Alisa a BIG favor by ending that thread. 
I could have entertained a weeklong Alisa “Rib-fest” if that was my goal. 
Like I said… I know my bloggers. 
Lines were being drawn… and believe me… if I left things to destiny... Alisa would have been handed her hat by some of my bloggers. (That’s putting it politely). 
That whirlwind had already begun. 
Without mentioning any names... it would have been two "Pro-Alisa" bloggers outnumbered.
I did the right thing… whether folks believe that or not.

I DO attempt to be fair (to the best of my ability)... given the cards I'm dealt (blogger-wise).
Sometimes.. many times actually... that's difficult.
Every location has a few "wild cards" (bloggers) which are hard to play... and my location is no different.
Sometimes you simply have to take the path of least resistance... out of practicality and necessity.

For the record… my opinion of the whole Statman/Olsen/Debra situation is this:

The entire situation is clearly dysfunctional. 
Who’s at fault for this dysfunctional situation… is none of my business, and way beyond my level of information.  I don’t know any of these folks well enough to pass judgement… so, I won’t. 

I will leave everyone with this apt story though:

When I was a kid… my brothers and I would fight like cats and dogs constantly. 
During some of those feuds… my Mom would just throw up her hands… and thereafter, bring us before my Dad, for some type of mock “tribunal”. LOL

My dad was supposed to “sort it out”.  Decide “who was right”, as it were.

My brother and I, would both explain our case… and look to my Dad for his decision.
Inevitably… my Dad would always say with simplicity, but equally profound insight:
"Eh… one’s as bad as the other.” LOL
Then he’d ruffle his newspaper, and continue reading! Ahahahaha
Something to think about.

Some things are better left "unsorted" by the general public.
I believe this Statman/Olsen/Debra feud is one of them.

Peace Again... Lynyrd

25 comments:

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Folks...

I don't want a big upheaval.

Truth be told...
I've already discussed this Statman book way beyond what good taste would dictate... in fact, everyone has...

Analyzing things and words to this extent, is simply non-productive.

It's a book.
Some folks will like it... some folks won't.

Let's leave it at that...

I can't imagine any author could honestly pen a book, with the full expectation that everyone will like it.

Polite comments only please...

In fact...
No comments at all, might be even better! LOLOL

Please...
"If you don't have anything good to say... don't say anything at all".

Thanks...

ST. Circumstance said...

I liked the book a lot, and I like this sight and L/S a lot as well..

see nothing but positive over here :)

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Thank You Saint.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I should probably mention:

I may have to step-out for several hours.
If you're a non-member... it will probably be 10:30 EST, before your comment gets approved (by me) and consequently posted.
It's nothing personal...
I have to take care of other responsibilites.

Please be patient.

PVM... you're on my "to-do" list.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Saint...

I have to say, that 2 month vacation you took from the blogs, is looking better and better every day!

I think "See you in September" may be my new favorite song.
LOLOL

leary7 said...

how many Red Bulls today, my friend? just kidding. By the way, screw the Bull, XS is the best energy drink by far.
I love it when you get the "indignation of a revivilist preacher" thing going. Or were you just venting your angst over the B's demise?
I swear I'm telling the truth here, I am visiting friends in a small town in Tennessee and I went to the public library today and the first book on their new title section was Restless Souls. I sat down and reread the first half again. It sure as hell is not literature. It's just a travelog of psychic pain that one family experienced. There were several thousand that had similar journeys after 9/11. There was some insight and evocative passages, but it is far from a 'book for the ages'.
I'd still love to see some sales figures though.

leary7 said...

by the way, "See You in September" is a classic.

leary7 said...

As is a Saint sighting.

bobby said...

and I like this sight and L/S a lot as well..

see nothing but positive over here :)

Ditto that.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I have to say Leary...

That Bruins series was the closest match-up I've ever seen in sporting history.

We traded wins back-and-forth for the entire 7 games... and each game was decided by just one goal.
Four of those games... were decided by just one goal... in overtime!

My friend told me... that it actually set a record.
The only 7-game series to be decided by one goal in EVERY game.

I never checked his facts... but, it sounds about right to me.

I've never seen two more evenly matched teams.

I swear... if we played 100 games... we would have split 50/50.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Leary said:
"Indignation of a revivilist preacher"... LOL

Yeah...
I suppose that's probably how I come across at times.
It makes sense.
Maybe I should move to the "bible belt".
: )

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hi Bob!

Where you been hiding lately?

It seems you've been laying low since your new staff induction. LOL

Just kidding with ya.
Great to see you as Always!!

katie8753 said...

B-O-B-B-Y!!! Good to see you! Where've you been????

Catch this kiss....MMMMMHHHWAAAHHH!!!

HA HA.

katie8753 said...

I've already given my opinion of this book and its "author" and I don't intend to say anything else about it. The last time we discussed this book it was a tragedious time for me. I will not beat a dead horse. Literally.

>>>Lynyrd said: "If you don't have anything good to say... don't say anything at all".>>>

Mum's the word. HA HA.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie...
I deleted your comment.
You'll have to say hello to Saint Circumstance and Leary once again... and this time, omit the blatant insults towards the book.

You blatantly insulted the book twice... and afterwards... you exclaim "Mum's the word"?

How does that work?

Seriously Katie...
I'm not playing games here.
I don't need any more trouble.

Kimchi said...

Mom always said "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"...I heed those words as you can tell...LOL

I have to say, that's the first sermon (in my lifetime) I actually enjoyed...good words L/S..

Speaking of books, I'm reading the new "Manson File" by Nik Schreck...991 pages..phew!!!!

Katie wouldn't like it though...

Can't wait to get to the gansta stuff...Karpis, Carbo, Rosteau,et el..

mattprokes said...

i've got to say the bruins-capitals series was the dullest playoff series i can ever remember watching.
who needs sleeping pills when you could pop in a tape of any of the seven games and be out like a light within ten minutes!
whoever runs the bruins power play(doug jarvis?)should be fired asap.
we'll be contenders for a least the next few years since the core of the team will stay pretty much intact
as for the whole restless souls saga i think its best to let it go.. if someone on another blog is that interested in what you said they can come here and read your comments in the proper context for themselves.
any back and forth between blogs never seems to lead to anything worthwhile.
which is a shame since we're all interested in the same thing but for some reason we've built cyberwalls between us.

leary7 said...

yeah L/S and Matt, I have been getting killed on the B's board - talk about your murderous cults!
Despite winning the Cup last year I thought the B's talent level was way overrated. But you take your life in your hand saying that to Black and Gold fanatics. And I agree Matt, I was bored too. And I still feel Manson might have made a decent goalie.

bobby said...

Kimchi said "Speaking of books, I'm reading the new "Manson File" by Nik Schreck...991 pages..phew!!!!"

Kimchi, I hope you can give us some of your take aways while reading the book.

I read about Schreck and have put him in the far fetched conspiracy theory class of people. Also I am un easy with all the devil worship stuff that he and his wife appear to be about.

All that being said, I am very interested in hearing your opinions on it.

Thank you.

Kimchi said...

Bobby said:

"I read about Schreck and have put him in the far fetched conspiracy theory class of people. Also I am un easy with all the devil worship stuff that he and his wife appear to be about."

I don't like that stuff either, but so far, I haven't come across any of it in the book.

What I find interesting so far, is he says that Joel Rosteau's foot injury was caused by Tex a few weeks before the Cielo murders, but he doesn't say where this info came from...conjecture? I don't know.

I had read years ago that Rosteau had an injured foot but never paid attention to it. I think it was in a newspaper clipping or something.

I'm still 'very' early in the book, however.

lurch said...

I've read Schreck's book as well, and my biggest gripe with it is that none of his "revelations" seem to have a source. Lots of new "info" in this book which, if true, put a different spin on TLB for sure. But thelack of sources for this new info, combined with Schreck's pro-Manson history......kinda hard to swallow that he uncovered all these new facts. If only proof was offered.....

Kimchi said...

10-4 Lurch...

mattprokes said...

leary-manson and chara as a defensive pairing would be pretty scary for the other teams to deal with

bobby said...

Thank you Kimchi & thank you Lurch.

I am looking forward to your updates.

leary7 said...

I guess I was just imagining Charlie in one of those Hannibal Lector goalie masks, Matt.