Freedom is Knowledge is located in a small town nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina north of Asheville. For someone who grew up in 1950's America, Asheville's downtown can remind one of a flawed jewel so named by Rolling Stone Magazine circa 2001 when it designated Asheville as the Freakiest City in America. It is therefore no accident if looking to retire here that you may find the city missing from some retirement brochures.
Since 2011 Asheville has celebrated a topless day event where local women, some in front of their children, bare their breasts for citizens to admire while others were openly fondled in the downtown square. It is all compliments of a clown from Huntsville, Alabama, who comes to Asheville because Alabama wouldn't allow it. I suspect the originators of the Grove Park and Biltmore Estates are turning over in their graves.
Asheville went missing from CNN/Money's top-twenty list of places to retire to in North Carolina in 2004. My researching Asheville vs. the selected cities revealed why, Asheville having twice the crime rate of those chosen North Carolina cities. Yet travel sites continue to recommend Asheville as if the rest of Western North Carolina doesn't exist. But a new and sharp magazine surfaced a few years ago by business orientated conservatives, highlighting entrepreneurs of businesses who help to make WNC a profitable area to live. It's called Capital At Play, the quality of writing and agenda-less research other than success in one's dreams highlights the glossy photos and well-designed pages of the monthly pub.
I've also done my part to promote the rich traditions of the 23 counties of Western North Carolina you'll find in a module I built several years ago.
Other researched modules on Freedom Is Knowledge includes an extensive travel page, links to researching careers and major job sites, a journey into color television, (my great uncle worked for MovieTone News and pioneered the Graflex movie camera), an extensive news archive from 2007 - 2010, three years of week summaries of news delivered in the form of a weekly e-mail sent out to a short list of professionals and a warning about a nation that has lost its moral purpose in leading the world.
While Asheville is sometimes pointed to as a top tourist destination in America, it is not the city of Asheville that is the attraction but instead the entire 23 mountain counties of Western North Carolina that surround the city. It is this mountain scenery, not Asheville, that had attracted the producers of Cold Mountain and the Hunger Games. Asheville itself likes to think it's the main reason tourists come to WNC with its annual Moog festival, independent film festival, and other draws that now include many new breweries. While that is true for Asheville and its Buncombe County, the other 22 counties might disagree.
But with the nickname Little San Francisco, Asheville also draws liberal progressive looking to hang out. For instance, if you go to Charleston and Savannah you will be greeted with great encouragement to see the many sites and historic areas. But in Asheville with its many liberal progressive socialists, it can sometimes be instead "don't let the door hit you on the way out." It is why Asheville will continue to be a second city in the southeast, as it bathes in its 21st. Century label as the Freakiest City in America.
It is why many locals and their families may totally avoid the city center, enjoying the rest of the area outside the approximate 10 square block area embedded with hippies and homeless with a few excellent musicians thrown in looking for donations thrown into their instrument cases. However the city itself and surround area is home to many excellent restaurants with fine chefs and why you will find many pricey.
While the Rolling Stone title for Asheville amuses the local daily progressive newspaper, the Asheville Citizen Times (ACT), it's not surprising that the newspaper represents just one of hundreds of tentacles owned by the liberal Gannett Company, a corporation that inoculates its secular progressive culture into the body of cities across America and the world and the publisher of USA Today.
If interested you can click here to read about our encounters with Gannett's satellite newspaper in Asheville along with more fun details. We haven't subscribed to the pub for many years.
As a side note, you should know that in one of the more recent outrageous stories after 9/11/2007, the ACT on September 16, 2007, asked why cable providers across the country were not providing the Al-Jazeera Network to the tens-of -millions of America's cable viewers, the far-left opinion editor asking ACT readers to join in any attempt to "quash" her personal demand for Al-Jazeera to be broadcast across the country. Showing how far off base the ACT is to the natural patriotism of the American spirit, Al-Jazeera has come AND gone as its own cable channel. So much for the laughable leadership of the ACT.
By the way, it was the ACT in July of 2006 that did exactly that but in reverse, quashing the story that 17,000 Muslims were protesting Israel's fight with Hamas. Were these moderate Muslims protesting in Palestine? No, they were standing with their fists in the air in Dearborn, Michigan. We reminded the publisher at the time we couldn't find the story in the ACT's archive, just one of many that found itself on the editing room floor. The response? A terse, "Thank you."
You can't make this stuff up, as Gannett and a member of the drive-by media pretend to be the friends of those that live in the mountains. Like we have said about today's corrupt journalists . . . They don't live with us anymore. They only live among us.
As a final note for About Us, in August of 2005 Freedom is Knowledge was removed from Google's Search Engine for over eight months. So why was the URL of a small Web site blackballed for almost a year after a letter had been written of complaint to the search
engine's PR Manager?
You decide after reading our posting about Google's "Do No Evil" corporation.