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...
…anywhere. I don’t think this is going to work, I really don’t.
Mitt Romney may have won the first presidential debate, but what stuck in many people’s minds was his threat to fire Big Bird. Apparently, Romney thinks America’s debt problem can be fixed by picking up pennies along Sesame Street.
Pressed to explain how he would balance the federal budget while cutting trillions of dollars in taxes, the allegedly masterful debater offered up just two specifics: He would repeal “Obamacare” (even though the Congressional Budget Office says the healthcare act actually reduces deficit spending) and eliminate the federal subsidy to the Public Broadcasting System.
Directly addressing beleaguered debate moderator Jim Lehrer, the former anchor of the PBS “NewsHour,” Romney said, “I’m sorry, Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS…. I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you, too, but I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”
Romney went on to say he would save additional money by tossing popular federal programs back to the states (the same states that do not have enough money to operate the programs they already have) and by making “government more efficient” (the same boilerplate assurance that every candidate for even the lowliest office offers up when he has no real clue how to fix a budget).
So, after many long months of campaigning and promising to cut the deficit while also cutting taxes, the single genuine and specific spending reduction Romney has stipulated is the one one-hundredth of a percent of federal expenditures that helps pay for Big Bird, Downton Abbey and the rest of the PBS lineup. Defenders of PBS were quick to point out that eliminating the federal subsidy for public television would trim an amount equal to just six hours – 360 minutes – of spending at the Pentagon.
You want my honest, honest reaction — not as a blogger or political ideologue, but as a citizen? I’ll give it to you, exactly the way it popped into my head: “Downton Abbey too? I’m paying for that?? WTF??”
The trouble with the argument really all boils down to just this: In the fourth paragraph there is a defense offered for the continuing spending, at the federal level, on the strength of these programs being “popular.” In the fifth paragraph there is another defense offered on the strength of proportions, the “just a drop in the bucket” line of reasoning. The problem is that when the bucket has been upgraded to such a size that can hold everything that happens to be popular, what you’re left with is a bucket so huge that everything outside or inside is a drop, by comparison. And that’s when you need to bring in an experienced business executive like Romney. Even if you hate him personally, or hate Mormons, or whatever…none of that stuff matters anymore, because the fiscal discipline has gone missing and someone needs to bring it back.
It’s like this. I remember many years ago when Dr. Laura Schlessinger was on the air. A married woman calls her up looking for advice on how to handle her “verbally abusive” husband. Now, Dr. Laura was even more jaded against the idea of lazily conflating verbal abuse with the physical and sexual counterparts, than I am…and I don’t like this idea at all, myself, for the simple reason that the definition of verbal abuse is essentially non-existent, everything spoken could be reasonably included in it. Definitions must define, that is their job, if they don’t define things then they are useless. When everything is included, nothing is.
Well — it emerged that the wife had announced her decision to lose some weight, and then she proceeded to watch her favorite teevee shows, on the couch, eating chips. Like the columnist above defending Sesame Street and Downton Abbey and everything else that’s “popular,” she made the argument of proportions. It’s just chips! She didn’t say there was dip involved. Actually, she didn’t say there wasn’t, either…
Dr. Laura made the obvious point, and it further emerged that this is all the husband was saying, as well: Look lady, you’re either trying or you’re not. When you want to lose some weight, and your idea of passing the time every night is to watch the idiot box eating chips, there’s a problem. Well the same thing applies to these subsidies. We’re either worried about the deficit or we’re not. If we’re still coming up with creative new ways for the federal government to spend the loot that it borrows from China, then we’re not trying, it’s as simple as that.
And I don’t think anybody heard anything different from Governor Romney’s comments last week. Romney’s not losing a single vote over this. He could shoot Big Bird in broad daylight, set the body on fire, piss on the flames, set it on fire again, and it would only help his campaign.
Why are the progressives so out of touch with the rest of America? Because most people are rational thinkers when they’re hurting; they stray away from truth, logic, and common sense if & only if they feel like they can afford to do so. Progressives, on the other hand, are intractably fastened in their minds to the idea that the progressive way is the right way and all other ways are wrong…furthermore, that anyone & everyone who shares their biases and their outlooks on political matters is automatically cool and popular, not only that but smart as well. So they figure — hey let’s play this up! Romney is gonna kill Big Bird! In their little rooms with the big doors locked up tight, and all these “special” people helping them plan everything, I’m sure that makes a lot of sense.
It isn’t going to work because out here in the real world, people go in to Wal Mart and Target and what do they see there? That little slut Elmo, whoring himself out like there’s no tomorrow. So Elmo is a capitalist, but Big Bird somehow has to be on welfare. It doesn’t compute, and ultimately it doesn’t work. And that effectively destroys the whole argument about “all of PBS is six hours of military spending,” the proportion nonsense. The military can’t sell merchandise through Wally World; also, ya know, funding a military is something the federal government is supposed to be doing. Look it up, folks!
There is a long standing pattern going on in the history of American politics, in which the political left is riding high whenever it’s in emotional sync with the rest of the country, and once it loses this tactile bond with the mainstream it loses it real big. In other words, they’re great at calculating the political gain to be exploited when their finger happens to be on America’s pulse, but once the pulse is lost they’re really lousy at finding it again.
I think that trend is continuing here. They’ve lost the pulse and they can’t find it again.
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