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 next couple of elections, I propose we make it all about a referendum on this particular flavoring of rhetorical combat. I think anyone who would disagree with me on that one, would have to concede the point we’ve seen a fair amount of this, it isn’t productive, it doesn’t lead to good decisions, it isn’t widely appreciated, and yet it keeps coming and coming because we haven’t stopped to take a breath and compare notes on what we think about it.
It comes from the hardcore left wing. Here, and generally. This classic False Dilemma of — implement our ramshackle dumbass policies or get the body bags ready. Also, anyone who’d dare breathe a word against our bad ideas wants…all together now…kids to die, old people to die, poor people to die, levees to collapse, everyone to get AIDS, dirty food, dirty air, dirty water, nuclear explosions day and night, poverty, starvation, blight, pestilence, blood in the Nile and the death of the firstborn.
Hat tip to Boortz.
I’m not falling for it and I’m sick and tired of it. Just wanna see if I’m alone in this. Call it an “Am I The Only One Who” query…my curiosity is sincere, and I think a lot of other folks would like to know the answer too. So let’s have a referendum.
To anyone who needs to be told: You don’t make yourself a better person by affixing your rear end to some selected point on the ideological spectrum. Yes, maybe you can make some “friends”; you can alienate other ones. You can use this to broadcast a message that you are sensitive to some values, although some folks might think, with some justification, that you are also communicating an ignorance with regard to other ones. Each and every soul gets to make his or her own decision about this stuff — we’re still unregulated on the thoughts between our ears, today anyway — but the grim fact is most people will decide your decency or lack thereof isn’t that important to them and leave the matter entirely undecided.
You know all those high-res photographs of the nighttime sky with all those stars and planets, and the people waving ‘em around inviting everyone to think about how truly insignificant we are compared to the vastness of the universe? Yeah. That fits into this. That’s what I’m talking about. Your raging case of GoodPerson FeverTM amounts to just one more way to crank out harmful policy decisions, Montel. Nothing more, nothing less.
Now if I need to figure out whether you’re a decent person or not — and there are better than even odds I’ll never give a fig — the first question with which I’m going to grapple is this: How did you catch your case of GoodPerson Fever in the first place? Let’s just forget that other question of, if we do exactly what you want, how long will it be before you have something else to prove about your inner “goodperson,” and ours. The average answer is about thirty seconds. Point is, people who really do think well of themselves, who know for a fact they are decent people, don’t get on this stupid treadmill. The time comes to make an important decision about their own lives, or about public policy, and they take on the challenge like adults. What do they know about what’s going on; how do they know that’s what’s going on; what are the available options; how would each one of those options affect the situation, positively or negatively, in the short term or in the longer term.
You don’t have that kind of inner strength. You get started on the task at hand, and within eye-blinks & heartbeats you’re fantasizing about Republicans ambushing people in hospital emergency rooms and shooting them. Well, now. I don’t think you should be dismissed so lightly. People who think the way you do, are running everything right now. You’ve proven you don’t have what it takes to run a nationwide talk-radio network; in fact you’ve proven you can’t even run local talk-radio networks.
But we’ll let people with your mindset run the whole damned country.
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