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...
President Obama’s big mistake up to this point, which I hope He continues to repeat right up until His ass gets kicked outta there, has been to spend all of His resources and His energy marketing Himself to the very, very hardcore Medicators who voted for Him in ’08. Those would be the people who feel, feel, feel their way around every challenge in life and never think, think, think their way through a problem. They don’t give a rat’s rear end about anything in the world other than how they feel at the moment, so cause-and-effect never actually enters the picture. They like to pretend that it does, now & then, and that they’re recognizing it and working with it — because it makes them feel good. But they don’t really do it.
Why this is hurting Him: He’s already got these people locked up. By marketing Himself to them, He isn’t actually changing the situation in any way other than to burn off resources…
…but…it makes Him feel good, so…that’s the rule. If it feels good, do it, and whatever troubles you have should somehow work themselves out.
Now, if Obama came by and read The Blog That Nobody Reads, or one of His campaign staff who is capable of making some decisions comes on by, they could take note of the following. Consider what Obama could do if He wanted to market Himself to people who, to date, would not be so inclined to support Him.
He could do what His predecessor did, and make a pledge not to play golf anymore. That would be a real, to coin a phrase, “change.” Might as well face it, throughout the last three-and-a-half years He’s been looking kind of like an un-manager. He makes a speech blaming Republicans, goes and plays golf, shows up at a democrat fund-raiser, plays some more golf, makes a speech taking credit for something, plays some more golf, produces commercials, plays golf, says “plug the damn hole!,” plays golf, holds a beer summit, plays golf…
…if I didn’t know better, I’d think He just plays golf all the time, waiting for something good to happen so He can hog all the credit for it, or something bad to happen so He can blame “the folks who got us into this mess in the first place”…then goes back to playing golf. He has been an exceptionally passive President. He can actually brag about exactly nothing save for the killing of bin Laden, which is a card He has overplayed so much that any more is going to cause Him serious damage. So: No bragging rights for the country on His watch, the criticism of “He actually hates the country” has started to stick, millions of people out of work and…He’s playing a lotta golf. To keep playing sends an unmistakable message that things are not likely to change.
And, He could at least look like there’s some project in the works, somewhere, that can be managed as a project with tasks and subtasks and objectives and due dates and percentages-done. Just put out a false impression of it — how hard would that be?? It wouldn’t take any effort at all. It would involve a lot of deceptive speech-making, which seems to be right up His alley. Just show up in a city at some time and say “So-and-so has the ball here, our hope is that X will be achieved” and then show up somewhere else two or three weeks later and say “As we hoped, X got done, now we can do Y which could not have been done without X.” Make it look like you’re doing something. That would go a long way toward making it look like smartness is being applied, plans being devised, carried out…there’s another unpleasant truth to be realized here, this shtick of “I am a healing balm and I make the oceans recede” has been played out. That card, like the “I killed bin Laden” card, has been overplayed to the point of becoming toxic, and will cause damage if it is played out any further.
Those are two things He could do to market Himself to new audiences. If they were done, they might all by themselves swing the results of the election to His favor.
They would involve very, very little effort.
Not only will He not do them, but His people won’t even consider them. They are, absolutely, non-starters in every single way. I’d never post them on the Internet if I thought otherwise.
This says a lot about Him and the way He manages things.
Barack & crew know how to do what they know how to do. They’re not interested in expanding the horizons, the world they know is already plenty big enough for them.
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