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...
The Purple Problem is…simply stated…that they’re not doing this.
It really doesn’t take much to trash a place once you can manage to define, influence and eventually monopolize the prevailing viewpoint. It’s inevitable when people start to see self-improvement as a futile effort. Of course, that’s exactly the viewpoint liberalism keeps pushing…unless you count “be more liberal” as self-improvement. Education? They’re for it as long as it means being more liberal. If it means what it used to mean, if it has something to do with earning a more respectable living and making yourself more self-sufficient, they’re not for it anymore. Employment? They like the kind of employment that doesn’t actually produce anything. Service and sacrifice? Only if they get to choose. The soldier doesn’t have their respect. Freedom and personal choice? Again, the choice is for them.
It’s particularly depressing in California. Most other states, the folks in charge drone on and on about how each new year is going to be the best one ever for that state. Our folks only talk about the slim chance we have at maybe surviving this “crisis,” digging ourselves out of the hole. There’s no vision for actually winning at this thing. But that’s not to say there isn’t a stated answer. It’s always there, and it’s always more liberalism. We have the crime, we have the problems with our schools, we have the high taxes. And we have people leaving. Are they all conservatives? No. Just like the graphic says, the liberals vote in the nonsense and they get sick and tired of the messes they create, so they leave. They go someplace red, that’s missing the nonsense, and then they vote in more of it over there.
Most perplexing of all, they don’t seem to know what they want. Received this e-mail yesterday:
I’ve been working at the Democratic National Committee for two weeks, and I’m already picking up some pretty important details. I’m not just talking about where to get the best cup of coffee or how to find the printer (though those are important things to know).
I’ve been looking through staffing plans and strategy memos, I’ve been sitting down with department heads, and poring through the budget.
Here’s what I learned: This is an organization that’s ready to win.
Now I’m asking you: How do you want to build a successful Democratic Party not just for today, but for the next generation?
What are your priorities for 2014 and beyond?
[ ] Making sure we’re doing everything we can to hold Republicans accountable
[ ] Getting out the word about President Obama’s agenda on social networks like Facebook and Twitter
[ ] Supporting local Democrat candidates in my hometown
I’ve worked on campaigns ever since my dad ran for school board when I was eight, and I’ve always loved it. But I also know how easy it is to get tunnel vision — there’s always the temptation to focus on the immediate and forget to plan ahead for our future. At the DNC in particular, that would be a huge mistake.
Most campaigns and committees don’t get to play the long game, but we do. We’re building a bench of future leaders now, so that we have strong candidates to run for office — from president to Congress to city council — in two years and 20 years down the line.
They’re playing the long game. But “hold Republicans accountable” is not an end-goal, nor is “supporting local democrat candidates in my hometown.” Those have to do with making sure one party wins and one party loses. For the personal passion, those things are supposed to be a means toward an end; what’s the end? Getting the word out about President Obama’s agenda on social networks? Again, that’s a means toward an end…what are these people trying to do? “Not just for today, but for the next generation”?
It’s creepy. If I received an e-mail from a conservative organization, they’d say they’re trying to thwart President Obama’s agenda. And then they’d smear that agenda…which a lot of liberals would say is unfair, but hey, at least there would be some specifics. I get e-mails from the DNC and Organizing For Action all the time, they’re all like this. Win, win, win…they very rarely, almost never, say what exactly it is they’re trying to do.
Here and there I see something about womens’ choice, and making health care affordable for everyone. I think we all should be able to agree, now, that democrats don’t care about making health care affordable. As for womens’ choice, that means abortion, which means treating pregnancy as a disease. That would make babies diseases, which means making humans a disease, and there I think that pretty much bulls-eyes it. That brings us back to the beginning, where self-improvement is seen as an exercise in futility.
A Californian heads for Colorado, studies and works to turn the place blue like California. Meanwhile, back in California, the state he left does not turn red. Too many rules locking in the liberalism. Oh, eventually it might happen, the way the grass cut in the wake of a mower might eventually grow tall again, or the fence boards just painted by a paint brush might eventually need another paint job. But — that’s what they’re doing. Mowing, painting. They transform a place, pull up stakes, head to the next territory and transform that.
From where does the passion come? Their vision is toward darkness, incompetence, fear. On Planet Liberal, next to every nugget of information that could be learned so that some exciting new thing may become possible, there’s a rule saying you’re not allowed to repeat it, or write it down, or learn it in the first place. What drives this sense of commitment toward that, toward defeating human potential? Why this war against productivity?
Crabs in a bucket, I suppose?
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