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...
Wasn’t President Obama supposed to be an antidote to the poison of President Bush? And wasn’t Bush supposed to fall short of the demands of the office because he was a simplistic, simian dolt who lacked the sophistication to think in nuanced, non-absolute terms? Wasn’t there a movie about this?
Anakin Skywalker: If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Only a Sith deals in absolutes…I will do what I must.
Anakin Skywalker: You will try…
We’ve got the “simian” problem licked, because Barack Obama doesn’t resemble a monkey or a chimpanzee nearly as much as George Bush did; if He did, you wouldn’t be allowed to point it out because hey, He’s a black guy and that would be racist. But he doesn’t. So that’s good. That takes care of simian. But what about simplistic and dolt? What about the thinking in absolute terms? The failure to capture nuances?
Not doing so hot there, chief…
He is the Man Who Won’t Listen to Anybody, so why should anybody listen to him?
The biggest media myth is that he is a centrist. Oh, please. It’s a theory without evidence, for there is not a single example on domestic issues where he voluntarily staked out a spot in the American middle.
Sure, on occasion, Obama will be to the right of the far, far left, but that is not the center. That just means he’s not Michael Moore.
Nor is he a centrist because he’ll make a deal under duress with Republicans, as he did last December. All politicians have a pragmatic streak, otherwise they couldn’t get anything done in a divided government.
But Obama’s default statist position remains unmolested by facts or last year’s landslide that was a rebuke to his first two years. He continues to push bigger and bigger government, higher and higher taxes and more and more welfare programs.
His only concession to public will is to pretend he’s got religion about the fiscal problems and wants a “big deal.” What he really wants is to get through the election.
He can never be wrong. You always are, unless you agree with him.
That’s the story of his presidency. That’s who he is.
It may not seem possible, but I can get even more scathing and critical than this: That’s who He will always be, guaranteed. You take someone like me, or someone who produces gasoline or purified drinking water or gallons of milk or bags of flour…or who builds cars that run, bridges that support cars, tarmacs that support airplanes…tell any one of us “I want you to think and act like Barack Obama for a week.” We can do it. We’ll have to take time off work since you can’t produce anything that way, but we’ll be able to do it. Can’t go the other way, though. Step One of producing something that actually works, is to ask questions. Step Two is to get ready to find out something you’re not necessarily ready to know. That’s after you have accumulated the requisite skills, which you do by asking a whole lot more questions, and getting ready to learn a whole lot more things you’re not necessarily ready to know.
Enough about Barack Obama. Like Michael Goodwin said — it’s not worth the trouble to find out what He’s thinking, when He doesn’t care what anybody else has to say. He’s just not a likely repository of useful information; and the “likely” is being extraordinarily charitable, since if there’s any one question that has been examined within all of the human condition over the last four years, to the extent it’s been given a thorough reaming, that question would have to be “What has Barack Obama got to say about things?”
Let’s stop criticizing Him for a second. He is our President, after all. Instead, let’s go after the people who pushed Him on us, persuaded some among us to vote for Him, and then of course voted for Him themselves. As a remedy to the problem of having a chief executive who was such an absolutist-minded, Sith-thinking, simplistic-simian-dolt.
You people suck at coming up with answers to problems, you know that? You really do. It’s an insult to people who suck at things to say you suck at it.
When I ponder the idea that you might have been on to something, when you said the world is far too complex to offer problems that could be managed properly under the stewardship of a man who thinks in all-or-nothing terms — that, ironically, is the precise moment where I lose hope in anything getting better under the watchful eye of your champion. Barack Obama is exactly what He said His predecessor was, because you people who supported Barack Obama are precisely what you called others. Here we are with another year and a half under the perfect awful President. If He were a machine, He would offer all the high maintenance of an extraordinarily and needlessly complicated one, and all the features of a laughably simple and incapable one. Seriously, I can’t trust Barack Obama to manage anything. Not with any confidence. If it were His place to manage the opening of a pickle jar, I’d have no reason at all to see Obama produce an opened jar of pickles. None whatsoever. I’d expect to hear a whole lot of speeches while the jar sat there, sealed up tight. That’s it. Oh yeah, every single speech would be, uh, er, um, wonderful…make no mistake. Meanwhile, George Bush would have opened the damn jar.
You people have offered up a solution, that resembles the problem you purported to solve, a lot more than the original problem ever did. And it might very well turn out to be the most expensive solution ever proposed in the history of the human race.
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