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...
“Conservatives, avoid accusing your liberal friends & relatives of reading from canned talking points. It can be hard, especially when they’re bringing laptops and tablets to the dining room table, and reading from them…Liberals, try actually discussing, rather than reading from talking points at the dinner table.”
From a brain fart I had over at the Hello Kitty of Blogging, which drew five likes. Not many, but far more than I expected. One of those things that resonated.
1. Go light on the booze, unless & until you’re sure everybody can handle it.
2. If you MUST talk politics at the dinner table, swivel onto something else when it seems like the time is right.
3. Conservatives, avoid accusing your liberal friends & relatives of reading from canned talking points. It can be hard, especially when they’re bringing laptops and tablets to the dining room table, and reading from them.
4. Liberals, try actually discussing, rather than reading from talking points at the dinner table. Use something besides mockery, just to shake things up a bit, and to see if you’re up to the challenge.
5. Don’t neglect your guests to defrost the freezer. By hand. With a screwdriver. For three hours or more.
6. If the guests are going to be bringing Christmas presents, move stuff out of the way. Like, beforehand. Prioritize.
7. Toilet paper in all the bathrooms. You know, act like you’ve been looking forward to your guests arriving, and being there.
1. Contribute! Bring food. And wine, both red and white. Drink responsibly. Designate a driver.
2. Get ALL the work done for the year, before heading to the Christmas party. Don’t be that guy pecking furiously away on his laptop off in the corner because this just has to be done first of the year.
3. If you’re a child, that goes for your schoolwork, too. FRONT-load the effort. Get it done so it doesn’t impose on others.
4. If you’re a vegan or are allergic, shoulder the burden. Discuss. Ask, don’t tell.
5. If church services are on the agenda and you’re a secular type, or belong to a different denomination — bend, flex, and zip. Embrace the embiggened horizons.
6. If there’s a viewing of a Christmas movie on the teevee, participate. Don’t talk about the funny thing your BFF said about the wart on the back of your hand when Scrooge is being dragged down to Hell, or Hans Gruber is falling from the top floor of the Nakatomi Plaza.
7. Help out in the kitchen.
8. Leave ’em wanting more. Check the body language of your host(s). If any of them are horizontal, with their eyes closed tight, and snoring, it might mean you’ve stayed too long.
It was from a few days ago. Some relatives, and I, have differences of opinion about the virtues of basic planning. Just venting a bit of frustration, and attempting to put some positive course-correction on it, so maybe others could benefit or at least get a chuckle. You’ll have to take my word for it, I knew nothing about this, although I’m sure it likes like I must’ve known something…
It used to be that Harvard produced some of the best and brightest minds in the world. Now, those minds are so fragile and delicate that have to hide behind talking points on a placemat when they’re talking with their own families over the holidays.
It bears repeating: I knew nothing about this. It was just something I said. “Liberals, try actually discussing, rather than reading from talking points at the dinner table.” Sometimes, I guess, I just don’t know how right I am…
But what-ho, what’s this? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Or no, not equal in this case…superior.
Remember we told you about the Harvard talking points placemat that the school’s office of “diversity, microaggression, and ZOMG – HELP ME, I’m being triggered!” gave to their special snowflake students who can’t handle talking to their families over the holidays? Harvard Republicans came up with their own version of the placemat. And I have to applaud these guys and girls for their ingenuity and humor…
Well played, Harvard Republicans. Well played.
Update: Oh dear…President Clinton’s Labor Secretary wants to get in on the action. Well his arguments are not good ones, so he’s sending his fan base into a joust with a short lance. But, it’s a free country.
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.