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...
A little while ago I noted that a lot of states in Europe provide for a fuse to be tripped whereas America does not, and maybe Europe’s got the right idea. I’m referring to the tradition of the “no confidence vote”; you saw it in Phantom Menace, with the plot events rushed along in a futile attempt to help tease out some coherent story. They don’t wait around for elections, if the consensus arises that a change has to be made. They get it done. Maybe, I opined, we should look at this.
My wise and patriotic readers really spoke up, and put me in my place. I’m left thinking that’s probably right, as a general rule when the states and Europe do things differently, we here have our reasons and we should be proud of not borrowing ideas that are bad ones. Perhaps I should correct my course, and in the spirit of avoiding the horrors that are attendant to pure democracy, we should stick with our regular election system.
At least, that’s what I thought right up until this latest blow-up about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the soda ban.
I dunno. Europe’s solution still seems heavy-handed; it’s the kind of thing you put in place — as is the case with a lot of what Europe does — when you invest enthused but unwarranted trust in the prevailing consensus.
But Bloomberg seems to have an actual mental disorder here. Somewhere I saw a YouTube comment about this, someone made the point that if you just repeat this a few times…we’re simply forcing you, we’re simply forcing you, we’re simply forcing you. It becomes clear what is going on. At the very, very least, it is cockeyed screwed up priorities. Got everything else solved over there Mike?
Also, I had said something about a test to be applied to these public officials — when you see their face on the teevee with the sound turned off, do you lunge for the remote with this sickly feeling in your gut, of “What’s s/he up to NOW??” I’m a good distance away from New York City, in fact I’ve never been there, but based on what I’m seeing & hearing it seems to me that Bloomey is just about at that point. I’m certainly ready to find alternatives to doing things the European way…I’m ready to look good & hard before going that route…but I’m not ready to let go of this part of my comments, because there’s something wrong about living in fear of your so-called “leaders” day to day. In fact, that part of my earlier commentary is about as American as apple pie.
And I’m sad to say, this is what’s happening. It’s going on in quite a few places. It isn’t just Mike Bloomberg. Senators, mayors, governors, the President, His Holy Executive Branch, all of ‘em really…they’ve become freakin’ Swords of Damoclese, hanging by fragile hairs over our necks, and we have little idea what they’re going to be doing next, or when.
The only thing of which we have any real confidence is, the next idea they have that will actually affect us in some way, will be stupid and bad. I guess it’s really all coming down to: My proposed solution is anti-American, true, but the nature of the problem is just as anti-American…so…my question then becomes, where & when do we realize the benefits of not doing it? There he is, the European-style jackass, smugly telling his subjects, er, constituency what they can & can’t eat. He is referred to, with not just a little bit of justification, as a “Napoleon.” And he fails the teevee-no-sound-test. You don’t have much idea what he’s going to do next. But you know the idea will be stupid, and bad…and he’s just one of many.
With no external force acting upon the object, it will continue on its present course. He does not see himself as a mere ordinary citizen serving a limited length of time in an office of humble public service. He’s just addicted to the adrenaline rush of ordering things, and getting them, and the novelty/rush has worn off so now he wants to do it for everybody else. It makes just as much sense to tell everyone how to tie their shoes, where their car radios should be set, and what their favorite color is supposed to be for this week. It’s not supposed to be like this.
So what do we do? My original solution was far from ideal, and may be unworkable. By its very nature, yes, it is un-American. But so is leaving the problem unattended. These narcissistic pricks are completely out of control.
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