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...
On Making More Terrorists
Regarding last night’s post I really don’t mean to pick on the Hog. His site is one of my favorites, and the points he has made are long overdue. The thing about being tired of the finger-pointing, popular as that sentiment is, I’m just wondering who could possibly be saying this and meaning it. I would have to guess the presumption is, that nothing fruitful is coming from it and nothing can.
Hog’s pattern of thinking is clear to me. Everybody else’s, not so much. I just find it curious that so many people are so fatigued all of a sudden. Conspiracy theorists say the Jews made 9/11 happen, or President Bush did, or space aliens did…we hear the most whacked-out things about this, and nobody says “I’m so tired of this.” Clinton starts acting like some of it may be his fault, through the Shakespeare “doth protest too much” thingy. Details come out, woops, looks like some of it might actually have been his fault…suddenly people are tired of the blame game five or six days later.
Hey look what we got here! “Everybody” thinks the same thing! Nobody can articulate exactly why…the fad is sweeping the nation…and it just so happens to work to the benefit of Bubba. Golly, I’ve NEVER seen that before!
You know what? Here’s something I personally find rather exhausting, and it’s just shifting in to high gear right about…now. We’ve been talking about it all week long.
The global war on terrorism is stoking people into becoming terrorists, therefore we are creating a new generation of terrorists.
Perhaps my tolerance of this tired old cliche would be reinvigorated, if it was put to some intellectual challenge to show there’s something to it. Oh, I know there’s some evidence to back it up…I’m talking about a challenge, which is a little different. The meme actually does get some intellectual treatment in a Weekly Standard article I’ve come to learn about via blogger friend James Bostwick at Newsblog Central. It gets some challenge there…
…and in very, very few other places.
That’s a problem. The problem I’m really having with it, is that if you are a jihadist, you are a nut. Well, I grew up in Bellingham, Washington; I know nuts don’t have to be “stoked.” If you’re a nut, by definition, your gears are already stripped. I say that because of the plain insanity of what you are planning to do. That you would follow through on it, says far more about you than it does about whatever motivated you.
And I frankly don’t care how many people fall into that class. Targeting civilians to make a point, is nuts.
A guy on the radio put it the best way I’ve heard so far: You are never in more danger of being stung by hornets, than when you knock the hornet’s nest down. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
We tried leaving the hornet’s nest up. We tried it. We know where it gets us.
Hornets get pretty pissed when their nest is knocked down. That shouldn’t provide us with an argument for leaving the nest up. What it should do, is make us more and more grateful to the men and women who are closest to the nest — and the leaders who made the decision to knock it down. That would qualify us for the definition I have in mind for the word “civilization.”
Update 10-2-06: Two elaborate compliments from the blogosphere in rapid succession…for an analogy that I shamelessly ripped off from somewhere else. Hey, I’ll take ’em. But credit must be redirected toward where it is due. HORNET ANALOGY: It goes to the Armstrong and Getty Show on KSTE, 650KHz. I think…and I’m about 75% sure of this, it’s no guarantee…it was Joe Getty who said this.
There. Now, if the Hornet analogy just takes off like a rocket and sets the “blogosphere” on fire, my conscience will be clean. And you know, if nobody ever comes by to read The Blog That Nobody Reads, that’ll be just fine with me, as long as the analogy finds an audience. Hornets. It’s perfect. Fits like a hand in a glove.
Keep the hornet’s nest up, so no one gets stung? Right over the seesaw or slide on which your kids play?
That’s what the Democrats want us to do. That is exactly what the Democrats want us to do. Pretend the hornets aren’t there…and criticize anyone who makes the slightest noise about taking the nest down.
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