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 is fascinating to see how the authorities and the major media outlets avoid the words “Islam” and “Muslim” in connection to the failed Times Square bombing. In both this piece in Time and in this piece in the New York Times the word “Islam” is only used in the name of the city of Islamabad in Pakistan.
The Times uses the word “Muslim” once: “At his news conference, Mr. Bloomberg warned against any backlash against Pakistanis or Muslims in New York, saying, ‘We will not tolerate any bias.’”
The authorities — Holder, Napolitano, New York Police Commissioner Kelly — also avoided the words Islam and Muslim at their press conference. They spoke about “terrorism” but didn’t define the term.
So what kind of terrorist is Faisal Shahzad if he cannot be called a Muslim or an Islamic terrorist?
A CNN anchor said about the Pakistani-American suspect: “It can be confirmed that his house has been foreclosed in recent years. I mean, one would have to imagine that brought a lot of pressure and a lot of heartache on that family.”
Could this suspect be described as the “foreclosure terrorist”? As a true believer in the American dream and owning his own home, Faisal Shahzad had to act against the banks which foreclosed his property. If that is the case, why didn’t he park his SUV closer to Wall Street? If he was angry about losing his house, why didn’t he try to blow up his bank? Times Square doesn’t make sense for a foreclosure terrorist.
NewsBusters has more on that loopy news anchor guy, Jim Acosta:
Acosta remarked on Shahzad’s familial difficulty at the end of an interview of Brenda Thurman, one of the suspect’s former neighbors, which began 47 minutes into the 8 am Eastern hour. During the interview, the CNN personality, who was filling in for anchor John Roberts, asked Thurman about her foreclosure claim: “What sense did you get from the family? I mean, you just said a few minutes ago, I think- that it’s pretty significant that this house that he apparently owned was foreclosed on in Shelton, Connecticut….Did you get a sense from the family as to- I mean, that must have been extremely difficult on them.”
Yeah Jim. Well, that doesn’t quite seem to square with this other compilation of Norman-Rockwell tearjerker events from ABC. See, they were going after the “he seemed so normal just a little bit quiet” angle…and they went and found some facts that are at odds with your narrative.
According to a next-door neighbor who asked not to be named, Shahzad’s behavior began to change and he became frightening.
“He was always in black, creeping around the house in all black,” she said to ABC News.
She said Shahzad’s wife gave her bracelets from Pakistan and their girls played together, but then suddenly in May 2009 they were gone.
Shahzad gave different reasons for why they were leaving, neighbors said: a baby was on the way, he had to take care of family, and even that they were moving to Missouri.
One thing seems for certain, according to authorities, just two months after gaining his citizenship he vanished into Pakistan.
With his departure, the house in Shelton fell into foreclosure and when Shahzad returned to America two months ago, authorities say the life of promise was gone.
Shazhad allegedly moved alone to Bridgeport, Conn., on a mission of destruction.
That facts still trickling in, so far as I’ve been able to learn about them, consistently support a conclusion that Faisal Shahzad abandoned the American Dream rather than the other way around. And that his family was already long-gone.
Real people who have to get real work done, have to think about things a certain way. Our media has thought about this thing the exact opposite way, and our so-called “leaders” have followed suit…or perhaps it’s the other way around. It’s like they come from a whole different planet.
This is just sick.
So is this.
And there’s more to follow, you can be sure of that. But of the bigotry that has already taken place, we should all feel deeply ashamed for having tolerated it. There’s no excuse for it, and it reflects poorly on all of us.
These are our most authoritative leaders and our loudest voices. They speak for our society. And what they have to say is: We don’t tolerate bigotry, but we define bigotry according to certain skin colors, and in so doing exercise it even as we claim to oppose it. Our minds are made up about things before we learn anything about anything, and we’re too good for facts.
Foreclosure terrorist? Eh, sorry; still doesn’t seem very likely. The more we learn, the more it seems this “citizen” “homeowner” “MBA” guy decided to declare war on America, moved out, and then…well, why would you continue to make payments to one of the Great Satan’s banks?
And so he and his family were placed in a deep funk because of the foreclosure? Mmmm…not so much, Mr. Acosta. But nice try.
As for the rest of you — don’t quit watching CNN or MSNBC just yet! Keep getting your news from there. Wouldn’t want your “moderate” left-wing friends, family and neighbors to think poorly of you after you’ve gone & gotten ahold of some real facts and made up your own mind about things. Your social status might suffer. Who cares if it’s all feelings & made-up nonsense, right? It sounds a lot like what our officials are saying all day every day…so there must be some legitimacy in it somewhere, even if there isn’t a grain of truth to it.
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