Quote of the day—Lily Tang Williams

When I held my own gun for the first time in my life in this country, I felt empowered and for the first time, I felt free.

If the Communist government took my gun rights away, why are you limiting my gun rights in Colorado? Are you becoming communists? I hope not. I lived under tyranny for 24 years, I do not want to ever live under it again.

Lily Tang Williams
February 2, 2015
Testimony to the Colorado Legislature

[H/T to Catalina Kelly.

I don’t think the transcript is quite right but it is close. The part I quoted starts at about 3:40.

When you hear her voice it is even more powerful than the words alone.—Joe]

5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Lily Tang Williams

  1. Hm. I got the gist of it, and of course that woman understands about America what few native born Americans understand. Those Americans who do not understand are in for the lesson of their lives, coming soon it would seem.

    Microphone in the reverberant field, recording what’s coming out of the distant room speakers rather than what’s going into the woman’s microphone. If I were paid a thousand dollars to transcribe it, going back over and over each few words to be sure I understood as much of it as possible, I maybe could identify 30 to 40 percent of the words. If one out of ten architects, interior designers, construction engineers, and even one out of ten sound system installers would read JBL’s decades old “Sound Reinforcement Handbook” the world of shitty schoolroom, courtroom, and auditorium sound would come to an end. People would be able to forget about the sound system and for once be able to pay attention to the speech or performance.

  2. I can never understand why 911 call recordings played on TV news always sound like they were made with a dirty 50 year old cassette recorder from Cheapo Electronics.
    On the point of understanding what America is all about: another person (with somewhat similar background) who understands perfectly is Oleg Volk.

    • OK?, but the one I read in the 1970s (or was it the early eighties?) was from JBL. No doubt the excellent engineer/artists at Yamaha could handle just about anything though, so if they wrote a book on sound, it’ll be as good as anything.

      • I looked it up. It’s called JBL’s “Sound System Design Reference Manual”. I was going on my old memories. You’ll find it here;
        jblpro.com/pub/manuals/pssdm_1.pdf

        Read that, absorb its meaning, and you’ll be ahead of 99.976% of all Homo Sapiens, most sound system installers and operators included, when it comes to understanding the mechanics of sound and sound systems.

        That they now give it away for free on-line is interesting. I remember it being rather expensive when it first came out in dead tree format.

        Sorry to digress so far from the OP, which makes such an excellent point, but that is how bad sound works – it distracts from and degrades the message, becoming in itself the main take-away. If you could hear every word easily and clearly, with the natural timbre of the human voice intact, and no quirks, you’d not think a thing of it– All your attention would be on the meaning.

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