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...
The fifty-fourth Best Sentence I’ve Heard Or Read Lately (BSIHORL) award goes out this morning to Ann Coulter for the uppercut at the end of her latest column, Liberal Victimhood: A Game You Can Play at Home. She makes the case that for half a century or more, liberals have energized their supporters, and even non-supporters, into doing nonsensical things by playing the victim…then closes with this zinger.
…ironically, Obama’s father is from Africa: He never suffered from the ancient policies that, today, give his son Victim Gold. To the contrary, if Obama’s African relatives had anything to do with slavery, it was on the business end.
I’m biased in favor of Ms. Coulter because this was something I’d been noticing of late. But I don’t blame the liberals — they’re just trying to win elections, something politicians are supposed to do.
What I find much more worthy of thought, is the misbehavior of the rest of us. My thoughts, also, are more directed at the third-person-hood of victimology. We don’t need to see any tangible connection between the guy who wants us to do something stupid, and the purported victim, to lose all or most of our cognitive wherewithal.
Who owns this business?
The business owner.
How are the wages of the employees determined?
They negotiate them with the business owner when they are hired.
Who decides whether to build a wheelchair ramp?
The business owner.
Who decides whether breastfeeding is allowed in the restaurant?
The business owner.
What do you do if you don’t like the decision he makes about that?
Eat somewhere else.
And how do we…ZOMFG!! LOOK AT THAT POOR OLD MAN HE STUBBED HIS TOE, OR GOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST!! OR THERE’S A FLY IN HIS SOUP OR HIS PECKER DOESN’T WORK OR HE CAN’T GET A GREEN CARD!!
Aaaiigggh, we need some laws! And fines! And taxes! Programs! Subsidies! Doing something stupid is better than doing nothing! Aiiigh! Move, move, move!!
There’s a little bit of this absurd exchange in all of us. We understand who-owns-what decision, and we act on that understanding, right up until we find out that someone got a raw deal somewhere. Then we suddenly enter this bizarro world, in which nobody is really responsible for anything as an individual. Everything anybody does, is everybody else’s business; the most competent way to get money spent is to route it through the government. When you wake up first thing in the morning, is it your opinion that the most responsible way to spend money is to get it spent through the government? I’ll bet not. I’ll bet even some of you who are on the DNC’s mailing list, show the proper skepticism, at least until the focus-group propaganda goons go to work on you. How about in the moment in which you retire for the night, hmmm? Think the government can spend money more effectively than you can, nickel-for-nickel? What about in most of the waking moments in between, what’s your opinion then, typically?
So how come your perception of the world around you, shifts so dramatically, in the few seconds in which you’re feeling sorry for someone?
It is, in 2009, the most effective and reliable way to poison individuality and reason. Just find a victim…somewhere. A barrel of reasoning power is undone by a half-pint of good old-fashioned compassion — gone awry, alchemized into a toxic lace. It throws rational thinking off. People falling in love, think more clearly than people feeling sorry for someone.
We do NOT need to be told a believable story about how the spending of this money will help the injured person. We pretend we need this, but we don’t. Go on, review some of these outlandish tales about how things were going to be fixed. Look at the most recent one — stimulate the economy. And where was that money going to go if it wasn’t taxed from us in the first place? We’d have put it in a big composting heap in the backyard?
Ask the “average” guy who’s more qualified…Barack Obama or Sarah Palin. Obama, of course! Then ask ’em why…duh…er…lights go out. The subject is changed, or some droning stream of Tina Fey quotes slowly plops out of their cakeholes. The fact of the matter is that it really is the most naked form of racism you can find nowadays. Obama and Palin are both fine speechmakers — they both stumble, embarrassingly, now and then if you wait long enough for them to do so. They’re just about on par.
But a bubbly, precocious hockey-mom is expected to talk the way Sarah Palin does. Black guys, on the other hand, are supposed to be angry. That’s what this “There’s Something About Him!” really means; the “something about” Obama is that our society has been conditioned to expect a sulking, smoldering heap of a rap-star dude wherever we see a black male, and for those who’ve bought into this, Obama personally offers a rather disorienting departure from the stereotype. Enter the victimology. Someone is portrayed as a victim, and suddenly large numbers of people are persuaded toward silly, nonsensical things.
I don’t know what causes us to do this. The theory I have found most worthy of entertainment, is that there is an unspoken preciousness to the event in which we demonstrate our inner decency to those around us…or are simply given an opportunity to do this. Someone loses something in a house fire, I give ’em a dollar, I’m a righteous dude. Maybe that someone was a millionaire, maybe the thing lost was sentimental and can’t be replaced with all the money in the world. It doesn’t matter. Look how decent I am! And the wonderful thing is, if I keep all my money in my pocket and vote the victim a large bundle of your dollars…I’m still just as wonderful. For the moment.
This is a thirst that is never, ever quenched for very long. The decency has to be proven over, and over, and over again. Real decency would only have to be showcased once, if at all.
I don’t like that theory, but it has endured. The reason I don’t like it is that if it’s true, those among us who are most lacking in inner decency, would be the most enamored of the opportunities to advertise it falsely. So someone who really does see blacks and whites on equal footing, won’t place too much value on an event in which he can manifest that he does so. Obama’s victory would therefore be a sign not so much that bigotry has ended in America, but that it has softened. And, furthermore, if you wish to seek out instances of it, you’re better off looking among those who voted Obama/Biden, than among those who voted for the opposition. They had/have a great deal more to prove.
Geraldine Ferraro — you can tell this by the great hurry in which she was shushed up — was right. I’m reasonably sure a theoretical white guy named “Barack Hussein Obama” with all the personal privileges of the real black one, and a similar bunch of America-hating friends, wouldn’t have gotten terribly far.
The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
Today, you need to be reasonably well-read about twentieth-century history, to see the logic and truth of what she said there.
I’m afraid, in the next six to twelve months, this will not be the case.
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