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...
In a week when much of the national media attention on former Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign focused on his views on contraception, the Gallup tracking poll showed Santorum’s support among women increasing by 12 points, vaulting him into a 10-point lead among women over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Time to get myself in trouble.
I believe women, by & large, have a lot of trouble making themselves heard when they perceive they are in the minority among — whatever. Especially among other women. They have trouble with this that men do not have. I see men who perceive they are in the minority among…conservatives, liberals, small-government libertarians, legalize-drugs libertarians, greenies, commies, pinkos, peaceniks, something called “neocons,” Obamabots, moonbats, Paulbots, Romneybots, Santorumbots, Newtbots, you name it. Very few among us are shutting our mouths when we perceive we are in the minority…even when we should.
Women, I think, very often fall into the trap of the dog being wagged by the tail. Some among them have become experts at the fine art of sounding loud even when you know damn good and well you’re in the minority. And the rest of the women are all too often intimidated by this. Here’s a great example: The notion that our economic suffering is linked to a deterioration of our values, this is not a male-only notion at all.
Admittedly, I do not know too many women who are opposed to gay marriage. But I can find quite a few of them for you, who agree with what I think about it, that it’s a complete waste of time and a deliberate distraction, it’s being artificially injected into the nation’s political discussions as a way of propping up an incumbent president whose policies have failed.
Conventional wisdom is that we have to run screaming away from Rick Santorum, arms flailing overhead, at risk of losing the chick vote.
Reality, as it often does, rises up to challenge the conventional wisdom. Hey, some women are mothers. When you’re a mother and you’re spending time and effort and energy and going through no small amount of angst to teach your kids the right values — at some point, you’re not just f00kin’ around anymore, you want the lesson to stick. No, I don’t think they leave it all up to the Dad to bellyache away about too much profanity on cable teevee. I think the women are worried about it; I think the women who are not Moms yet, but hope to be soon, are worried about it too.
No, women do not explode into hysterical rage when they see something reminiscent of the fifties; they do not go into meltdown at the sight of a jukebox or a poodleskirt. Or a Bible. That is, mostly, a fiction. Let’s call it an exaggeration. You can back it up with a few isolated examples, but they are the exception, not the rule.
My point is not that Rick Santorum is sitting on a mountainous reserve of feminine power. My point is that the power he does have here, is significant, if for no other reason than because it is well hidden. It isn’t fringe-kooky whackjob stuff, it’s moderate women who are tired of the way things are going and, like the men, are willing to do whatever it takes to change it.
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