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...
One of my Facebook friends is a political “moderate,” although I notice his rapier-like wit lances is one direction only. He straddles an awkward divide. I think a fair statistical sampling of his values would find him to be mostly conservative, but an equally fair statistical sampling of his humor would it to be mostly left-wing, and often lacking in jocularity. You know the kind. “Wouldn’t it be fun to imagine so-and-so said such-and-such, let’s laugh anyway because you just know she would even if she hasn’t.”
I think he’s making some poor decisions about what friends he wants to keep, and doing what it takes to keep them. That is often the first step over the cliff. Now & then, against my better judgment, I extend a helpful hand to keep him from sliding further.
Today’s controversy is the implied maxim that people who aspire to chase the gay away, are full of hate. I really have a tough time with this. I know what hate is; when it meets up with action, it is abandonment. If the option of abandonment is somehow closed off, then it hate becomes an effort to out-and-out destroy. Either way, it is rejection. It isn’t an attempt to convert. It certainly cannot be an abundant expenditure of energy, toward a conversion. Why work that hard for something you hate?
So when I saw this…
…and those of you with a Facebook account will see, it’s one of those make-believe indictments — “got tired of waiting for her to say something dumb, so I’m gonna go ahead and invent it” — but hey, it’s humor, and it’s something believable right?…
…I just had to respond with:
I’d much rather have my house watched over a long weekend by someone who thinks he can make gay kids straight, than by someone who thinks he can tax & spend the nation into solvency.
My former work colleague had by this time surrounded himself with lots of open-minded, left-of-center twenty-somethings, so my comment was greeted with lots of tolerance.
Well, I suppose I shouldn’t go there. A dialogue ensued between myself and a nice young lady named Nichol, who with great and obvious difficulty managed to remain civil. Which must have meant she “got” it — had she gone all angry-Alan-Alda, she’d have been unable to accuse the other side of going negative first. I think she knew I was right. But she showed no more conscious sign than that, and wasn’t ready to concede the point. An attempt to convert is hate, you can’t claim to have expunged hate from your heart until you join the latest civil rights struggle. Simple as that.
But there was one other criticism thrown at me for which I had a great deal more sympathy: Threadjacking. What does taxing and spending have to do with hating these — er, I mean, disapproving of these people who want to convert homosexuals? Why is this Freeberg character throwing in this topic drift?
I could, with a little effort, be persuaded to plead guilty, Your Honor.
At least, until I saw what Kate put up at Small Dead Animals:
Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose!
Obama Administration, July 18, 2011 – Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility.
Fox News, July 18, 2011 – The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man’s penis size has on his sex life and general well-being.
Perhaps, in our new Grecian economy, the Year of the Queer has become a luxury we can no longer financially afford. Not that I expect the “tolerant” spendthrifts to get it.
Is our popular modern fad of phony tolerance linked to matters regarding our national solvency? Perhaps the most accurate answer to that one is “Yes, but it shouldn’t be.” I cannot prove it, but I believe if we had it all to do over again, and nobody needed to do anything to outwardly display their compassion, open-mindedness, their tolerance — we would, today, be in much better financial shape.
There’d probably be a lot more tolerance, too.
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