Frontier Former Editor

January 28, 2007

And now that I’ve got a bit of content . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 7:14 pm

I suppose I should leave a bit of an introduction here until I can get all these WordPress widgets operating in a semi-coherent manner.

Two months ago, I was the editor of two sister weekly papers in southwestern Virginia. After enduring some poorly conceived, executed and supported technological changes imposed from above, I realized that local journalism in the region was going downhill.

The Internet is certainly no replacement for going to the post office or supermarket and buying the local paper, but it’s a good place to retrench and maybe await a day when good journalism strikes a better balance with the profit margin and advertising sales reps.

 Background-wise, I’m a former Navy brat, a historian-by-training and, now, a hopeful software designer in training. I live in the outer reaches of southwest Virginia. Politically, I’m disgusted with extremism and know-nothingness in both major political parties and scoff at those who toss around Jeffersonian quotes without any real knowledge.

And I suffer in the realization that folks in my country have damn near no idea of the traditional meanings of the words ‘liberalism’ and ‘conservatism.’

And I doubt I’d make a good third-party supporter either, given what passes for third parties these days.

I’m also an agnostic, but I subscribe to a paraphrase of one American scientist who observed that you can’t watch a sunrise and a sunset without believing in some supreme entity or force or phenomenon.



  1. Well, a fellow Southerner, former Navy brat and agnostic (technically I consider myself a nontheist, but close enough) – guess I’ll have to keep checking in!

    Comment by CSL — January 29, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  2. Ah ha! So here you are! How come you switched?

    Comment by Pamela — January 29, 2007 @ 8:04 am

  3. I was running into system twitches since I started on Blogger beta.

    Can you forgive me?

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 29, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  4. Dear FFE

    Good Luck with your latest adventure

    As ex-Navy, you have presumably read your Mahan

    If you had been around in 1861, would you have joined Lee’s Army ?

    Your obedient servant etc

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — January 29, 2007 @ 10:39 am

  5. Hello over here – the question is will it let me comment because I couldn’t very often when you were a beta blogger.

    Lets try

    pressing the button now …


    Comment by Ziggi — January 29, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  6. M. Eagle – Not only have I read “The Importance of Sea Power Upon History” and understand its impact on development of the modern American Navy post 1898, I’ve also written about its impact upon the concept of professionalism and professional education within the 20th century American armed forces.

    And I still would have supported the Constitution and the Union.

    Ziggi – Glad you’re here!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 29, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  7. Dear FFE

    Repekt !!!

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — January 29, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

  8. FFE

    Whoops Pselling!!!

    I mean – Respekt !!!!

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — January 29, 2007 @ 4:01 pm

  9. Dear FFE

    err … The Influence of British Sea-Power on the French Revolutionary & Imperial Wars … have you read Gibbon ???

    Your pseudo-erudite servant etc

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — January 29, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

  10. please see note I left for you over at hillbillysavants (“Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” essay.) Hope you understand I am deeply proud of my SW Va. and Eastern Kentucky heritage….the overwhelming majority of which has nothing to do with the Civil War. I just can’t get too excited about the Confederacy thing….Think you misunderstood. If I weren’t proud I wouldn’t have agreed to be a Hillbillysavant!

    Comment by A. Cain — January 30, 2007 @ 12:07 am

  11. Ms. Cain

    Sorry if I came off as criticizing your essay,which – incidentally – I found quite readable and to the point. Actually, I was reacting more toward Mr. Hargrave and, indirectly, to George Allen and Virgil Goode. All three ‘gentlemen’ seem to have little grasp of what they spout.

    I couldn’t find your note, but I look forward to reading it and to reading more at HS.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — January 30, 2007 @ 5:19 am

  12. i like the new place….stepping up in the blogsosphere yes?

    Comment by anna — January 30, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

  13. Meneer FFE

    Lord Levy has just been re-arrested

    The Rooineks seem (for once) ahead of their ex-Colonists

    but it’s too early to gloat

    Your obedient servant etc
    and Tot Siens

    G E

    PS If you come across Citizen Anschutz, please pass on our personal thanks for his generosity of heart in giving a Cowboy Suit to Mr Prescott (our generously shaped Deputy Prime Minister – like Brutus, an honorable man) and also our personal sympathy for the Super-Casino being awarded to Manchester and not to the London Dome

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — January 30, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

  14. Oooh! I like your new digs FO SHO! Congrats on the move! I considered it once but am too lazy for it at this point in my life!

    Plus, I need to keep the titties and any chance of losing them, well, on with blogger I go!

    As for transferring your stuff over, here is a link I held on to in case I ever do take the leap on over so check it out! The advice might either help you or the person who wrote it!

    Comment by Miz BoheMia — January 31, 2007 @ 4:19 am

  15. Wow, here you are! I gotta get your feed updated. I know so many people who are going BACK to Blogspot since the beta switch, including me. What made you want to go to WordPress? I’ve heard awful things about their free system.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — January 31, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

  16. I meant I am considering going back, but not til my current contract is up, since I’ve already paid for it.

    Comment by Miss Cellania — January 31, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  17. What kind of European time zone is this blog on, anyway?

    Comment by Miss Cellania — January 31, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  18. Don’t forget us back on Blogger. (USS Bataan has transited the Suez Canal and is now the the US 5th Fleet area of operations… ) Love ya Fronty!

    Comment by Kindness — January 31, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

  19. Meneer Frontier Future Editor

    It would be great if RegenCoaster & Monsieur Metro could update their Blogrolls with this Site

    Your obedeient servant etc
    and tot siens

    G E

    Comment by G Eagle Esq — February 1, 2007 @ 9:52 am

  20. Kindness,

    As dumb as our CinC is, you still have the comfort that your son is in a U.S. Navy surface/amphibious action group, one of the meanest, ill-tempered boyos on anybody’s block. Hopefully everyone will have the good sense to stay out of its way and that Shrub will have the good sense to recognize the difference between power and force.

    Comment by Frontier Former Editor — February 2, 2007 @ 3:13 am

  21. Have I not got this site on the blogroll? I will update it.

    Only thing I’ve heard against WordPress’s free service is that we don’t allow javascripts, most embeds or ads. If you need to monetize your blog you can always use

    Comment by raincoaster — February 2, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  22. The importer for Blogger Beta is now up and running, so you can drag your archives over here if you want, comments and all.

    Comment by raincoaster — February 8, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

  23. Oh FFE how nice to see you chez moi – I thought u didn’t love me any more 😦

    I am having sooooo much trouble with blogger grrrrrr I can’t do anything at the mo – not even comment on my own blog!

    I’m having to work! It’s most unsettling!

    Comment by Ziggi — February 9, 2007 @ 9:00 am

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