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...
Mark Tapscott at Washington Examiner notices the pattern:
The campaign inadvertently became public when video of a presentation by Pew vice president Sean Treglia to a group of journalists at the Annenberg Center let the cat out of the bag:
“The target was 535 Members of Congress and the idea was to create the impression that a mass movement was afoot, that everywhere they looked people were talking about campaign finance reform,” Treglia explained on the video.
Not one of the journalists listening to Treglia challenged him on the fact he was, in effect, admitting a massive, systematic pack of lies.
Nor did any of them do what was minimally required of them as journalists, which was to write a story about Treglia’s admission.
What it’s really all about is programming. We’re being programmed and we’ve been programmed for a very long time now.
Bill Clinton wants to spend more money and Newt Gingrich’s Congress doesn’t want to spend it, the result is a government shutdown, who’s to blame? Erm…must be those Republicans for not going along with spending. More money. Than has ever been spent before. In the country’s entire history…when it’s broke and leveraged. To the maximum extent allowable under its own laws.
Humans are genetically wired to do whatever has already been preferred by their peers, however they choose to define those peers. Copy off your neighbor’s desk, do whatever everyone else is doing. And so this creates an incentive for agenda-driven political movements to puff themselves up, to look bigger than they really are. I’m sure both sides are guilty, in this anecdote or in that one, of astroturfing.
The difference, in my mind, is that the lefty groups are reasonably well assured they’ll never get caught at it. Not in such a way that it will matter. You have to keep in mind, the damage is done not through the getting caught, but by the reverberation from the event of getting caught. Damage in politics is done more by the echo than by the actual percussion. The media controls the echo and the media wants the lefties to win whenever possible.
Just skimming over the Tapscott editorial, which has a decent round-up of all these Potemkin village incidents, I had previous knowledge of just about all of them and my initial impression of each of them — to some extent, anyway — was: The deception involved in the astroturf was only secondarily astonishing. The primary impact on me, with each one, was just how brazen the lefties are about it. It’s as if nobody stopped to let them know we’re now living in the age of YouTube. But then you have to think, waitaminnit, what actually happens if and when they get caught? The answer is: Not a whole hell of a lot.
People remember Watergate, they don’t remember things like the Standing Up For Families debacle. Our media sees to it.
Update: P.J. Tatler: On the question of “What if it’s all a Potemkin village,” there’s no “what if” about it.
The reality is, there is no “what if” regarding the nature of activism on the left. It is a nation of Potemkin villages from the local to the national level. These Potemkin operators created a network of activist fronts that turned Colorado from red to blue a few years back. A similar network was set up in Texas in 2007 and 2008, centered on Matt Angle’s Lone Star Project. That group lives off of the money left to it by the late trial lawyer, Fred Baron, and a few major leftwing foundations. I documented how Angle’s group operates back in 2010. Angle’s group failed in 2010, but they’re still active.
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