Who am I?

I went to the University of Alabama to get a journalism degree back before it became so apparent that most journalists work for the other side. I learned what my professors had to teach, but kept most of my true beliefs to myself, to avoid the ideological gang bang that usually results when a conservative takes off the mask at an American university.

I now run the weekly newspaper of a very small town: Eclectic, Ala., where I’m free to be a conservative because most people are. However dated the concept of objectivity may be, however much the elite of the news business cast it slyly aside, I feel there’s value in balance and lack of bias. So I’m conscious in my news reporting to give both sides their say, while letting my views shine in a weekly column. This blog is an extension of that column.

I’m a husband, proud father of two, and devoted believer in family values. I hope the readers of this weblog will give me the same fair shake I strive to give the subjects of  my reporting and daily interactions.

Anyone who wishes to trade barbs or backslaps, drop me a line at mr.bitterness@yahoo.com. I’m always anxious to expand my experiences through intelligent debate in the true spirit of tolerance and free expression.

One Response to “Who am I?”

  1. David Riley Says:

    Mr. Bitterness,

    By a twist of internet serendipity–and a Google search for piece I’m writing on “producers”+”their girlfriends”–this middle-aged, out-of-work Hollywood cameraman just happened to discover your weblog. As a bitter man myself, I was, of course, intrigued and investigated further. As a political conservative– a most rare and endangered bird in the movie industry–I noted and appreciated seeing links for Little Green Footballs and Michele Malkin included on your blogroll. As I read your “Who Am I?” section, I discovered we have even more in common. My mother, Mary Rue Chapman was born and raised in Eclectic, attending Elmore High School and graduating as Valedictorian. She went on to attend the University of Alabama; there she met my father, William F. Riley who went on to become a Captain in the Infantry in Europe during WWII. After WWII, they settled in his hometown, Lineville, in Clay County; that’s where I grew up. As a child I accompanied my mother on countless trips to Eclectic to visit her parents, my grand-parents, who are buried there, beside a little white church.

    The last time my mother and I visited Eclectic was in 1994, the year she died. We stopped in to eat at a cafe in the center of town. (What was the name of that place?) We had a delicious meal of meatloaf, black-eyed peas, turnip greens, corn-bread, apple-cobbler and, of course, the obligatory tall glass of iced-tea: sweetened, of course. I hope that cafe, or a subsequent incarnation, is still there. If it is, I envy your being able to stop in and have a bite there whenever you wish. I would give anything to be able to join you. You know, “sweet tea” has the power to make a bitter man just a little less bitter, if only for a while.

    Sincerely,

    David Riley
    Los Angeles, CA

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