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...
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, via Boortz:
One of the country’s top pollsters was in Rochester on Thursday and suggested that the November presidential election will end in an electoral landslide, even though the candidates are running close.
“Essentially the election is at equilibrium,” said John Zogby, president of Zogby International. “This election will stay close until the end.”
Zogby said he thinks the race will turn in the last weekend before Election Day and though the popular vote will be tight, the successful candidate will win in a landslide.
He likened this year’s election to the contest in 1980, when Ronald Reagan defeated President Jimmy Carter.
“This may be and probably is the most important election in our lifetime,” Zogby said. “I don’t say that lightly.”
Despite two books by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Americans still don’t know enough about him. And if they don’t think they know him well enough by the time they vote, they’ll go with the “comfortable old shoe,” Republican Sen. John McCain, Zogby said.
Landslide, huh. Landslide. Landslide.
At first blush, it seems to me to be quite the shocker to look back on the events of this year, after election day, and say to myself “who’d a-thunk that the McCain/Palin ticket was destined to win in the landslide we just saw?”
But then — that is exactly how I recall 1980. And 1988. And 2004 (which was far from a landslide…but still). We do seem to have this habit, throughout the election year, of perceiving everything as if it’s part of this photo-finish toss-up, closing our eyes to any evidence that perhaps things aren’t quite so chancey.
The print media, and to a lesser extent the electronic media, has an investment in this. If you think the result is pre-ordained you’re simply not going to be that interested in what’s going on. So our confirmation bias, is a direct result of their wishful thinking. A direct result. They feed us the information we use to draw our conclusions about things, and so we think the margin of error is razor-thin.
Zogby might very well be right; it might not be that thin. There is ample historical precedence for this. And, of course, we’re all directed to ignore the big lumbering elephant in the room…that Americans by-and-large really just don’t like liberalism.
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