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...
That Weird Show
I continue to be told by friends and acquaintances that I need to get into the habit of watching The West Wing (1999), that I would really enjoy it, it’s so well written that it’s natural to form an addiction to it regardless of one’s party affiliation.
I’ll have to agree, it’s “well-written” in the sense that whoever wrote it, clearly enjoyed writing it. It’s “well-acted,” too, in the sense that the actors really enjoyed doing the acting. But how do you get addicted to this?
What a colossal amount of mental masturbation on the part of the people producing this strange show. It’s like, if I made a habit out of watching it, the producers should be digging into their pockets for some money they can pay to me.
I’m sure some will think the above is a critique against the show for failing to uphold my personal beliefs. Well, guess what. I just got done watching a clip of some Dr. Laura Schlessinger doppleganger being picked apart…by the designated picker-aparter, President Jehosephat whatzisname. And, ideologically, I was on the President’s side, never having had much sympathy for bible fundamentalists, or for Schlessinger for leading people astray with her degree in Physiology. The clip soundly addresses these two of her vices. But guess what? I didn’t find it satisfying, in any way, shape or form.
The problem seems to come up, when I actually think.
Does anyone think the real Dr. Laura would sit there like a quaking wallflower, wilting beneath the stern and oh-so-witty — and non-stop — lectures of President Jezebel whozeewhatzit? Does anyone seriously envision such a thing even for a moment? Yeah, sure…a lot of people would like to see it. But if you don’t really think it would go down that way, I fail to see what’s fun about it.
This show seeks to elect Democrats, something that apparently was easy to do before 1999, when it came out. Since that year, it doesn’t seem to be possible. Hmmm. You know, maybe it doesn’t matter whether I can bring myself to appreciate it or not. I’m like the hog farmer feeding the swill to the pigs. I don’t care what the pigs see in it, just keep the crap comin’.
Update 7/2/06: The West Wing may very well have the funniest thread on all of Jump The Shark, at least, a close second to Dukes of Hazzard. A few examples (to the implied question of “When, if ever, did this show ‘jump the shark’”)…
And it just goes on and on like that. It seems these two guys, it should be obvious who I’m talking about, are authoring between them maybe 90% of the posts on the thread, in places. Oh, and in fair disclosure, neither one of them is me.
I do find it additionally amusing the idea that anyone would try to turn anyone else on to this show by saying “check your politics at the door.” What the hell could that mean? How do you check your politics at the door, when the people making the show are willing to do anything but?
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