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 post title is a rip-off of a line spoken in the first Die Hard movie, toward the end, when the rooftop blows up along with the helicopter: “Looks like we’ll need some more FBI guys.”
Agents Johnson and Johnson, you’ll remember, were about as useful as tits on fish, and the same goes for the apology.
The Pentagon said Monday that it will not change its “fundamental strategy” in Afghanistan despite a week of crises that have worsened the strained partnership between the Afghan government and U.S. and NATO forces.
U.S. officials acknowledged that tensions remain high in Kabul and that distrust has not dissipated since last weekend’s killing of two U.S. military officers inside the Afghan Interior Ministry, apparently by a rogue Afghan security officer.
The killings, which prompted Marine Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. and NATO commander, to pull service members from the ministries, have forced NATO advisers in Kabul to limit communication with Afghan government ministries to telephone and e-mail. U.S. officials said Monday that, although the measure is temporary, no date has been set for the advisers to return to work.
Hat tip to blogger friend Terri.
You know, it’s a funny thing about chestless policy decisions: It seems everyone forgets when they’re tried and they fail. I guess the expectation isn’t there. King Kong vs. Godzilla, you have to watch and see what happens, but Bambi vs. Godzilla follows a plot trajectory of “expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.” At any rate, it is clear our leaders have gotten the message: Always do the tepid thing and you’ll have a long political life…just be a bureaucrat looking forward to the big fat pension, in charge of thousands of other bureaucrats looking forward to their big fat pensions, you’ll never be criticized. Not with any force or meaning anyway, and hey, that’s what it’s all about.
Blogger friend Rick brings us a clip of a certain presidential candidate who used to be the Speaker of the House…one who suffers, along with others among us, myself included, from the slings and arrows that are hurled in one’s direction when one dares to notice patterns of things.
It’s a bad pattern to be noticing, but it would be much worse to not notice it and allow it to continue.
Seems to me the United States is getting more enemies lately, and fewer friends, while it becomes more and more costly for other countries to be our friend, and less and less expensive for them to pick fights with us.
Therein lies the focus of where our foreign policy needs to go; it is the very idea that, all by itself, separates the policies of strong nations from the policies of weaker ones. President Freeberg would (before being run out of DC, probably tarred & feathered) make it a one-sentence pre-amble, on page one of said policy, all printed out in Microsoft Word & everything: The objective of this foreign policy, second to none other, is to increase the dividend, or at least diminish the cost, to other nations engaged with us in an amicable relationship, and impose a terrible cost upon those who choose to become our enemy.
Although I’m natural-born and over thirty-five, realistically, that probably isn’t going to happen. So as we hope for the next-best possibility, a mystery confronts us: What is up with all these Let Greedo Shoot First bureaucrats getting sworn in to the highest office in the land. Now that we know for a fact — we need not argue about it, it is a matter of historical record — that mediocrity and tepid responses from our leaders do nothing to diminish violence and bloodshed…and there’s such a craving for the opposite, long-lived as well as intense…why is it that the geldings win, seemingly, most of the time?
We do have an energized and passionate anti-war effort, it is true. And some of their intentions are admirable. What does it matter, though, if when they are privileged to choose our leaders for us, over the protests of the rest of us, the end result is indistinguishable from what would take place if they had no voice at all?
It seems a working functional long-term memory is a human ability monopolized by the hawkish, denied to the dovish. It seems, also, that perhaps that is what makes hawks hawks. Peaceniks cannot recognize patterns of things. History always began this morning in their world.
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