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...
This one absolutely, positively fell short of altitude needed to register on my radar…as in, I watched the clip, and consciously decided there was nothing worth discussing here…until I saw the official explanation.
MediaMatters has weighed in, with a statement from the First Lady’s communications director:
Kristina Schake, communications director for First Lady Michelle Obama, made the following statement about these attacks:
The words, meaning and context in these claims are all wildly off the mark. The First Lady was commenting to the President on how moving and powerful it always is to watch all that America’s firefighters and police officers do to honor the flag. It was an emotional moment on a powerful day and she was awed by the ceremony and all that the flag symbolizes.
The First Lady was moved in a powerful way? She was emotionally awed by the ceremony? And she was commenting during this snippet to the President about it all? It seems to me that damage control is now in full swing.
You should’ve kept your mouth shut about it, Ms. Schake and MediaMatters. The explanation is worse than the incrimination.
Who, exactly, made the call that this was something that required comment? And did the person who concocted the excuse actually watch the video before concocting it?
It is barely plausible…only just barely. As in, you could believe the explanation if you fervently wanted to. And then, if you’re in that situation, everyone who sees it a different way is: (Yawn) (Deep breath) stupid unsophisticated evil twisted babykiller neocon dumb unprincipled lacking in nuance greedy selfish self-loathing blah blah blah…
I dunno. I’m still inclined to grant Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt, I don’t really know what was said. But that is a really fishy explanation. It doesn’t gel; there’s more to explain after it’s offered, than before.
I’m going to file it away in my ever-thickening folder marked, “Flattering or exculpatory things I know about Obama only because lots of loud angry people are ready to say nasty things about me if I believe otherwise.” Obama’s a Christian, His birth certificate is genuine, He loves America, Bill Ayers was just a guy living in His neighborhood, He is wise and all-knowing, but had no idea all the nasty things Jeremiah Wright was saying before He quit that church…that’s the way these things usually go. There’s no proof of Obama wrongdoing, but no evidence that lets Him off the hook, either, lots of people are ready to fling insults at whoever doesn’t just drop it and let it go. So another item goes in the file.
After awhile, ya know what? The thickness of the file says something…something not said by any one among the items in it. When it seems every single open question about Obama comes back to that, it means something.
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