Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
It really has been amusing to hear all these nice liberals bemoaning the use of the Religious Freedom Reformation Act when it was a law passed with near unanimity and signed into law with great self congratulation by Hillary Clinton’s husband. Suddenly, liberals no longer like the idea of finding a balance between the reach of the federal government and people’s individual religious beliefs if it interferes with their desired policy goals.
And all this for the goal of forcing employers to provide employees free contraceptives. It has always struck me as rather strange that that is the one prescription that the administration wants to insist should be provided at no cast to insured employees. Think of all the possible medicines that they could have chosen to be provided for free – prescriptions for heart problems, cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV, or psychiatric treatments. But none of those were considered worthy of mandating that they be provided free of cost. Only contraceptives. Not covered with a deductible or for a certain percentage. Nope, absolutely free. I would love to have a reporter ask Obama why didn’t they have similar mandates for other medical needs? I think it was all done deliberately so that they could take advantage of the opposition that they knew would arise in order to gin up their phony cries about a war on women.
Obviously, they don’t really care about health. What’s really going on here? Three explanations:
1. Liberals have far more ability to “troll” conservatives, than the other way around, and they’re making the most of their battle-superiority here.
2. Heavy overlap with explanation #1, arguably inseparable from it: Liberals, like any political force arguing for an entitlement, defeat their own purpose of existence if they ever enjoy complete success and so they’re waging a battle on vanishing ground. Their most potent battle-weapon has been a “reproductive freedom” that isn’t actually listed in the Constitution, they’ve won this fight, so now they’re arguing to make it freer and freer and freer and freer…
3. Who cares about politics? Liberals are opposed to the human race.
From watching their actions as they form positions on existing and new issues, and arguing those positions, I find a persuasive strength in all three of these.
They are vastly more talented at trolling their opposition, by the way. And it’s good for them; “moderate” after “moderate” after “moderate” watches this go on, and yells something like “Eek, those rotten conservative men are going to force me or some poor woman to carry a pregnancy!” and starts voting straight-dem. But there’s some give-and-take involved in this. A parallel argument emerges about whether or not abortions are being used for “casual” birth control; this gets “settled” in the sense that everybody’s socially stigmatized from offering any opinion that they may be; but, as liberals continue their arguing and advocating and lobbying to keep abortifacient drugs “accessible,” meaning free for their constituents while others are forced to pay for them, there certainly is an appearance that they’re arguing to maintain unhealthy and unproductive lifestyles.
Now they’re trying to move the ideological line in our society so that it becomes an extremist and intolerably right-wing position to say people should pay for what they use. That part of it is not good for their cause; they’re weakening themselves by pushing for this. At least, I hope so.
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