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...
This is actually how I first became aware of Ed Darrell. A J.P. Morgan analyst, Michael Cembalest, did some research on the business experience of the Obama cabinet officials — or rather the lack thereof. He found that the experience of this cabinet in the private sector, compared to that of previous administrations, is extremely low. Darrell has yet to find a progressive cause he doesn’t like, so he took issue with this.
Something you need to know about the way Ed Darrell argues. He has experience as, or has tried to become, or wishes he could become, or has studied to become…a trial lawyer. And so he argues like one. And what I mean by this is, he goes after the definitions first, followed by inclusions and exclusions. He’s got some argument to present about why A should be thought-of as B…and C is to be excluded…and everyone should be fixated on D. He seems to think such initial engagements will be hashed out in front of some authority figure, like a judge, and the outcome of that initial engagement will be decided in his favor — which will oblige everyone to think of A as synonymous with B, or to exclude C, or to fixate on D.
That is not how grown-ups actually argue, of course. When you think like a mature adult, first thing you settle on is the outcome desired; if we don’t agree on that, then of course there’s nothing to argue about. Next, you figure out what the facts are, which is where the argument has potential to become a learning experience. Darrell does contribute helpfully to this, when he tries to get everyone fixated on D. Trouble is, he doesn’t want anyone thinking about anything else. Also, that D very often turns out to be a fektoid, a fact whose veracity would survive skeptical and critical inspection, but whose relevance would not. DarrelLogic, therefore, becomes an exercise in endlessly deliberating, on a circuitous road track, whatever Ed Darrell wants to talk about and nothing else. If it helps the progressive agenda, you are to fixate on it, and if it doesn’t, you are to exclude it.
Darrell ends up frustrated a lot, the few times I wade into the fray, because of course there is no judge ruling that I have to think of things the Ed Darrell way. His objections are not sustained, mine are not overruled.
And, for the matter under discussion, I note that as the time has rolled on past since Cembalest’s original article from November of ’09, Ed’s attack upon it has been reduced in credibility. President Obama has continued to prove that if He does know something about the private sector and how it works, it isn’t enough…or if it is enough, then Obama doesn’t much care about it, or isn’t trying to make the economy any stronger. It’s interesting that between Darrell and myself, I could be inferred to be the one defending our current President, with a sort of “Well how much would you expect Him to know about it?” defense. Ed Darrell could be construed as attacking the President, with an attack that looks something like “He knows damn good and well what He is doing, if the economy remains this anemic it must be because He wants it to be.”
Which I don’t think is what he’s saying. But that’s where his argument leads.
Obama worked for a law firm and sued people. According to DarrelLogic, that is “private sector” experience and therefore anybody who says “Obama’s never worked in the private sector” should eat their words.
Ya buyin’ it, Your Honor?
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