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...
…especially when compared to the European Union…
European and world views of the United States and President George Bush have dramatically worsened since 2000; the trend has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. There has been a decline in perceptions of the United States throughout the European Union, including in such traditional U.S. allies as the United Kingdom and Poland, and in Muslim and Latin American countries, according to annual polls undertaken by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Pew Research Center and the BBC World Service.
I got one comment on this: I believe it unreservedly. Let’s say we’re talking about another country, a country with which I’m not associated in any way at all. I’m forming an opinion of Country X. A bunch of people from Country X, maybe serving in that country’s legislative body, appear in front of cameras and say stuff to the effect of…Country X should have less power, the guy who leads Country X is a liar and a simpleton and wasn’t even legitimately elected…
…and then, just to be fashionable, start indulging in a whole lot of self-deprecating pablum about more trivial matters. Our country tells other countries what to do, we’re a big bully, we torture people, we use up all the world’s resources, we do more than our share of polluting, our people are rude, blah blah blah. These are the leaders from that country.
Do I really even need to do some research on Country X to decide it sucks? You could hardly blame me for skipping that part of the exercise, huh.
So taking this at face value, I see it as a great argument for going back to the whole “politics stops at the water’s edge” thing. I mean, America is being compared to the European Union…or at least, our image is being compared to the image of the E.U. When is the last time you’ve heard leaders of the E.U., come out and opine on an international forum about how much the E.U. sucks?
American leaders do it all the time. Maybe the time has come to stick a sock in it.
Not that this article could be agenda-driven or anything…
Anti-Americanism has ebbed and flowed in the past. The current wave has arisen in reaction to the perceived and actual policies of the Bush administration and the invasion of Iraq. In the 1980s and again today, anti-Americanism became mainstream. In the 1990s, anti-Americanism was marginalized, and this is likely to happen again, with the arrival of a new U.S. president and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq.
Yeah, no ax to grind here!
Who are these people all over the world who seem to hate us most fervently when we defend ourselves and support our own national economy? It seems to me there’s no self-policing mechanism involved with these haters; no self-imposed limit on how much hating they can do, given the right circumstances and the right opportunities. And it also seems to me they make lousy friends. Food for thought?
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