Saturday, December 31, 2005
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
I leave you with a link to Dr. Leonard Peikoff's editorial: Christmas Should Be More Commericial...
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
I am currently reading The Lions of Al-Rassan, a stand-alone novel of his. GGK specializes in ‘historical fantasy’. That is, he spends about six months a year, during a writing project, to immerse himself in a period and a region he wants to explore. This novel is based on Moorish Spain and one of the characters is modeled after El Cid. His characterization is splendid, the background is tantalizing and the storyline keeps you invested for the ride. I have not yet read his other works, but plan to do so during the year next year. Recommended.
Here is his "official" website.
Here is the historical background on the book Lions
Friday, December 16, 2005
"The spiritual crisis is psychological in nature. It stems from the fact that people don't know The spiritual crisis in America today is not from a lack of religion, or a lack of government programs. The spiritual crisis is psychological in nature. It stems from the fact that people don't know why life on earth, and specifically in America, is, and should be, a great thing. Despite this spiritual crisis, much is still great in the Westernized world. Therein lies the hope."
I would argue that religion is one of the main causes of said 'crisis'. Our self/mind/soul is all we possess, but we are ceaselessly told to sacrifice all our wants/desires/thoughts and place faith in other's or place it in an alleged 'higher being'
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Check out Fish Wrap @
Fishwrap ;-) was another name I was considering for my initial blog. After all, what are newspapers really good for nowadays? Hehehehe.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Here's the Preamble:
We the New Federalists advocate individual, family and community rights and responsibilities in acts of self-governance, as set forth by our Founders, in originally establishing our nation by the Declaration of Independence and later codifying our governing principles in our Republic's Constitution. We begin from our Founders' premises, that self-evident truths exist, and are the only right ground for political declarations that offer a decent respect for the opinions of humankind in establishing a nation among the powers of the earth.
[Editor's Note: I see that Blogger's "improvements" have screwed up being able to post links to sites or stories. GOOD JOB GUYS!!!!]
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I lost my best pal yesterday. Shadow was a Pomeranian who was a unique and amazing dog. He was the coolest of cool. Smart, sophisticated, well-mannered, loyal. All of five pounds, he had the heart of a Lion. All he did was give love. I've had dogs as pets all my life. He was the best of the best. Sixteen years old. There's a hole in my heart. I will miss him.
Monday, November 14, 2005
Via Charlotte Capitalist, here's a Bloomberg columnist saying much the same...
Saturday, November 12, 2005
In a related article, the Miami Herald reports...
The Final Outcome of Summit: Two Americas
Friday, November 11, 2005
Either last year, or earlier this year, I remember seeing on the National Geographic Channel, an interesting bio of King Abdullah II, who appears to be a staunch ally of ours.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
"There is not, and there should not be, any such thing as "freedom of religion." Think about what this simple little phrase implies. It implies that people have freedom not merely to privately practice (if any) they choose; it implies that people have the "right" to impose the practice of religion on other people. Freedom OF religion is a blank check for religion being free to do what it pleases. The ultimate manifestation of this idea, that today we know all to well, is that of militant Islamics."
Go. Read the rest of it.
Both were on sale and are well worth having. I recommend them highly.
The production quality of the Fogerty CD is nearly flawless. The song selection equally so. The wife 'discovered' Chris Botti at work one day earlier this year and let's just say, I'll eventually own all he does. A man of enormous talent and sophistication, it's a shame he's hardly known outside a small circle of listeners and admirers.
Friday, November 04, 2005
Additionally, I think Nicolas Sarkozy, France's Interior Minister, is pro-west, therefore viciously denounced in all the leftist rags in France.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Women of Curling Gain Greater Exposure...
The Women of Curling Calendar now available. Say no more.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Monday, October 24, 2005
The Singapore Model and Latin America
The Seoul of Clones
Immoral to Ban Human Cloning
The Anti-Life Opposition to Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Bush's Biotechnology Blinders
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Echoing Diana's thoughts, let's hope it sells well among the young and they solve the conflict between individualism vs. collectivism both in their own souls and in politics.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Go. Read. You'll enjoy it.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
It's thrilling to see this, and other books making their way into the mainstream. Let's hope it becomes a torrent.
[Major Hat Tip to Andy Bernstein]
Monday, October 03, 2005
As an aside, I hardly think comparing the US to Britain, and the rest of Europe, who are bathed in a secularized form of altruism is a valid indication of America's ills. Altruism kills everywhere it is tried and practiced. Whether it takes an hour or a hundred years, altruism, religion, any form of mysticism is in its essence: death worship.
I've never heard of the journal this report is published in, and I can guess, with high certainty, that the professors undertaking this study were "liberal/socialist" in nature.
Neither European's nor American's understand that in America, people are free to believe whatever they wish--in private--that is what the principle of Individual Rights stands for, as an philosophical absolute. Since we no longer govern by, nor understand, that founding principle, in the 'majority-rule democracy' that we have lowered ourselves too, it's gang rule baby! Whoever has the biggest gang of the moment, rules to pander to their own kind.
America is a secular Republic, not a democracy. Founded as a tribute to the Enlightenment, American government must remain secular, or impartial, only taking action to protect the Individual Rights of its citizens.
If Christianity, or any religion for that matter, were the actual foundation of human freedom, as nearly every conservative claims, then why, when religion held sway over the entire earth, is that period known as the Dark Ages?
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Rumor has it the crew of Serenity has signed a three picture deal, with yesterday's release being their first.
It's always intriguing to see someone who grasps, if only rudimentarily, that necessary theme of the individual against the massive mindless bureaucracy [The Alliance, in this case.]
The only gripes I have are one minor and one major. They [the gripes] have to deal with what happens to Wash [Alan Tudyk, the pilot] and to Book. We are left hanging with Book, [Ron Glass] as it is never explained what his purpose is/was either in the series or this movie, other than he was some sort of 'freelance' preacher, walking a thin line between The Alliance and The Independents. Speaking for myself, this is a glaring omission, but it doesn't detract from the film.
Nathan Fillion [Mal Reynolds] looks to be a superb actor and I hope he has a bright future
Overall, if you like good acting and smart dialogue, check out Serenity. It helps if you know the tv series, but it's not vital.
4 out of 5 stars
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Henry Drummond "Inherit the Wind"
[The appearance of this satire on my blog is not an endorsement of its contents. But it sure is funny!]
If any reader's know where I can order/find/buy a copy of the actual book, please write to me at secularfoxhole@Gmail.com
Monday, September 26, 2005
Least we forget, here's a hat tip to the beautiful Agent 99, Barbara Feldon.
Readers of this blog may know that I've recommended some of his books, especially 'Darwin's Blade' and 'The Crook Factory', along with his sci-fi series 'Hyperion'.
In this month's letter, he talks of his epistemological 'storm' i.e., "one of those rare and serendipitous conjunctions of books randomly read resulting in a quantum leap in conceptual understanding on an important issue or opaque era or human dilemma or complex idea or all four of these catagories and more..."
Mr. Simmons goes on to lambast creationism among other things, but says this interesting quote: "How can I think and write with greater clarity while simultaneously discovering and creating more ambiguity?"
I'm linking to this open letter not as an endorsement of Mr. Simmons own epistemology or of his conclusions, but as an exercise in 'Philosophical Detection' for those who wish to read a stimulating article.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
"President Bush's push to give the military a bigger role in responding to major disasters like Hurricane Katrina could lead to a loosening of legal limits on the use of federal troops on U.S. soil."
Here's a sentence I just love...
"Bush did not define the wider role he envisions for the military."
That's right! I forgot! We must be flexible in our policy making! No firm principles here!
Had the National Guard been here to do its job, instead of in Iraq and wherever else he's put them, this discussion wouldn't be necessary now, would it? Perhaps that's why he and his braintrust moved the NG offsite to begin with, to set up this discussion and possible implementation. Again, is this paranoia or just observation of fact?
Readers of this blog should know I have great respect for our military, but that I strongly dislike the way they are being manipulated by this administration.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Once again, Go. Now.
[Hat tip: Thrutch]
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Also see Gus van Horn's commentary on the above subject.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
So I want to tip the hat to all my "friends" from France, Australia, Sweeden, Portugal, and England--as well as all points North America. Thank you for taking the time to peruse my blog. I would love to hear from you, if you choose to write. Just click on 'Email Me!" near the top of my blogroll.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Yes, Saddam was a thug--and wrongly perceived as secular by our genius intellectuals and politico's--but now Iran is doing an end-run to Syria and other Muslim states. They are not going to allow, next-door, a pro-American form of government (weak as that is). That's why they are in hot pursuit of nuclear weapons and deals with other muslim states to spread that 'technology'.
Go. Read. Write to your reps and the President.
Our Gift to Iran
Friday, September 02, 2005
Setting aside the fact that millions and billions of dollars are already pouring into New Orleans and other ravaged areas, via many good American's, and all of us via the Federal Government, the sum of $140,000 is not that much to try to obtain from a small group of dedicated people.
Speaking for myself, my dollars will have more positive long-term effect for me, for America and for the American people, going to the Anthem Foundation, than to any relief charity. If I could do both, I would, without hesitation. This month however, my meager/spare dollars are going to plant the seeds for a more positive future. Even if I don't live to see it, I know that my efforts will have made it come into being.
Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship
900 East Hamiltion Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
[Update: 9/4/05. The Anthem Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, so your contributions are tax-deductible. Hey, there's really no 'quandary' at all, is there? ;-) ]
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
"Where have our leaders gone wrong? What kind of leadership failure can demoralize a whole nation of honest, productive citizens, while leaving suicide murderers stirred to righteous action?"
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
" A closer look reveals the benefits of the US-India nuclear technology agreement."
[Yale Global Online magazine added to Blogroll]
Don't miss it...
Sunday, August 28, 2005
The above story says that the U.S. State Department claims there are no political prisoners in Venezuela. [Seeing how State is dominated by leftist career intellectuals/diplomats, I see why that statement was made.]
Let's let the blogger from The Devil's Excrement, straight from Venezuela, tell a different story:
Friday, August 26, 2005
An encore presentation of this four-hour investigative report will be broadcast on September 8, 2005.
"...there must be widows. There must be orphans...We do not differentiate between those in military uniforms and civilians."
The above quotes are just a taste of the kind of savagery we still don't take seriously in this country.
[Inside911.com added to Blogroll]
"Yes this is an age of moral crises...Your moral code has reached its climax, the blind alley at the end of its course. And if you wish to go on living, what you now need is not to return to morality...but to discover it."
Ayn Rand 'Atlas Shrugged'
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
It will be available in March 2006. Here's a link. Hopefully, too, there will be a less expensive(!) quality paperback version available.
Now, the Bad News..
Grooming Politicians for Christ
Here's one of the scarier aspects of a very scary article...
"Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always serving Christ..."
"That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God."
That says it all. Theocracy anyone?
[8/25/05. My thanks to Existence Is Identity for pointing to this article, and my Blog. Added Theocracywatch.org to Blogroll.]
Monday, August 22, 2005
2 Dear God -- XTC
3 Limelight -- Rush
4 If I Follow My Mind -- Jimmy Cliff
5 Who Knows Where The Time Goes? -- Sandy Denny
6 Atlas Eyes -- Tangerine Dream
7 Shoot Out the Lights -- Richard & Linda Thompson
8 If Sugar Was as Sweet as You -- Rockpile
9 Look Through Any Window -- The Hollies
10 Shadow On the Wall -- Mike Oldfield
[Idea Tip: Benjo Blog!]
16 Year Old sells ad on Backpack....for Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Ol' Danny must've stubbed some 'devout' toes to generate the kind of heat he's been taking on this book. Notwithstanding that this is a work of fiction mind you!!!
It is an excellent, thought provoking read. By far his best of the four novels he's written.
Here, we have a Nun protesting on the film set of The DaVinci Code.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Well worth your time to read.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Go. Read the whole thing. Excellent.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Sunday, August 07, 2005
It's always a great pleasure to read younger men and women who are gifted thinkers and writers. Mr Watkins is definetly one of them. I visit his blog every day.
Friday, August 05, 2005
All this blather is to point to an Letter I found from Escriva to General Francisco Franco, that endorses Franco's pronouncement of the catholic faith as the barometer of his rule.
Here is the key passage of that letter: [quoting Escriva]
"...I cannot help but rejoice as a priest and Spaniard that the Chief of State's authoritative voice should proclaim that, "The Spanish nation considers it a badge of honor to accept the law of God according to the one and true doctrine of the Holy Catholic Church, inseperable faith of the national conscience which will inspire its legislation."
As objectivists, we know that altruism is the foundation of all religion, and, "the hatred of the good, because it is good." Speaking for myself, I didn't learn that it was also the foundation of Marxism until I read Miss Rand. Marxism being the secularized version of religious ethics.
It all boils down to, "those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."
Sad. Damn sad.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
[Hat tip: Anger Management]
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
[Hat tip: Noodle Food]
For those reader's with children, look at what the NEA is up to. Their 'agenda' barely includes a word about actually teaching.
I'm not surprised in the least, of course. A thought here. What would it take for Congress to make a law outlawing all unions in the US? Lots of bloodshed, I guess.
Here's the link:
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Here's the link.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
This is my dream car. Today's my birthday so I can dream all I want. No, I'm not suffering a "mid-life crises" or longing for younger days. I like fine things. Like the BMW Bike I posted the other day, and today's post of the RX-8. Many other things besides. My motto for today is: "I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
I forget who quoted that originally, but it sums up my good mood today and every day.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
So, go visit "Letters". You'll be glad you did.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
Be sure to peruse all the related articles on climate in the What's Hot box on this link.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Russian astrologer Marina Bai filed a $300 million law suit against the space agency, claiming that the blast's impact on the comet, "would deform her horoscope". Etc., etc.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
YaleGlobalOnline [a pretty decent online magazine] has the story.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
"As 'people of faith' step up their crusade to inject religion into judicial decision-making, people of reason must understand why America should be a whollly secular state."
Go. Read. Speak out in defense of America.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Via the Reclaim Your Brain blog, here are the lyrics to Darryl Worley's song, "Have You Forgotten".
Sunday, June 26, 2005
The Charlotte Observer, last sunday, printed a smear job from another "entity" named Rev. Mike Macdonald, but Google, and the Observer today feature four positive replies to this particular smear. You'll have to register at the Observer's site to gain access. It is worth it!
Thursday, June 23, 2005
One of the disastorous results of our bankrupt and immoral public education system is, many of the victims represented in the New London case don't understand the "whole picture". One local property owner, who was just interviewed, put the sole blame on 'corporate America.'
A nation's economic laws are set by it's political system, not the other way around. Nor are (sadly, thanks to FDR and the New Deal, and many others since then) our economic interests and political interests seperate.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in a time (right now as you read this) when both the left and right political spectrum's are merging into one totalitarian "whole". The only antidote to this merger is: better ideas. Religion won't help you. It is a major part of the problem. Marxism won't help you, it is only secularized Christianity, after all.
What is needed today, desperately and immediately, is a philosophy. A rational, 'this world' life affirming, freedom affirming, Man-worshiping philosophy. I speak, of course, of Objectivism. The philosophy of Ayn Rand.
Any of you history buffs out there ever heard of a book called, "The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America". Authored by Leonard Peikoff. See my blogroll, at left.
This book outlines the philosophical causes of Nazism and Hitler's rise in Germany and shows the parallels of that same philosophic system at work here in America. Dr. Peikoff skillfully examines the role of ideas in history and shows how far America has strayed from its original intent as a free nation based on the absolutism of Individual Rights. America today is a socialist welfare-state that "allows" some freedom to exist, so it can keep the tax revenues coming in at an ever higher pace.
You could say, as Dr. Peikoff does, that 2005 America is in its "Weimar" stage. The stage of collapse just before Hitler and his gang of murderous thugs rose to power.
Ayn Rand once said that a political battle is a battle "fought with muskets" but a philosophical battle is a "nuclear war".
Are you prepared for nuclear war?
Do you have "better ideas" than the ones that dominate our culture right now? You won't unless you study and understand Ayn Rand. Better do so while you still can. The hour glass has been broken and the sands of time are falling.
[Commentary added 6/24/05]
As an aside, (for men only---or not!) apart from his many cogent observations on life there, when you visit his blog, be sure to scroll down the left column until you see his "My Sections" and look for Venezuelan Beauties, where you'll find photos of extraordinary Venezuelan women, mostly involved in either protesting Chavez or celebrating a Venezuelan tribute of some kind.
http://blogs.salon.com/0001330/ The Devil's Excrement
Friday, June 17, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
First, ARI: The Anti-life Opposition to Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Next, Ms. Stanek's confused rebuttal: The anti-life name game
This all goes back to my conversation I had with local friends, about Miss Rand's epistemology being the key that unlock's man's mind from the shackles of religious correctness. It won't be enough just to have her ethics explained to "the masses"(as my friends think). It probably wouldn't hurt, but it wouldn't be enough to make it stick without the proper foundation from epistemology to buttress it.
"The alledged shortcut to knowledge which is faith, is only a short-circuit destroying the mind" Ayn Rand
If you're anything like me, you're eagerly awaiting ARI Director Yaron Brook's critique of the neocon's at this summer's Objectivist Conference.
Monday, June 13, 2005
I want to thank our Great Leaders for being so altruistic and 'forgiving' of these LOANS. Here's a thought Great Leaders! Your most humble and faithful servant, would like to submit to your attention the idea that I would like all my future taxes rescinded immediately.
After all, I'm "poor", by just about any standard you can come up with. There's no question whatsoever that altruism is the dominant morality in practice today, so hey! Why not extend that generous gift to one of the citizens you goddamn fucking bled to death so you could "give" these loans away?
I know, I know. Just a thought. WAIT! Some men in white coats are knocking at my door. I wonder what they want?
What's that noise?? Ah! There appears to be Black Helicopters flying over my house, too.
Been nice knowin' ya!!!
Nice bunch. Read it. All of it.
"The New Blacklist"
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
The Mutual Fund in the title above suggests that pro-capitalist investors invest in this fund in order to counteract groups such as "As You Sow" and other phony socialist ideological groups.
Take a look at Milloy's article, which appeared in the New York Sun. He has similar articles under his "What's Hot!" section, as well. Here's a clip from the linked article:
"Shareholders like As You Sow aren't bona-fide investors in the sense that they invest for financial return. They're pretend shareholders investing for the sole purpose of pressuring companies to implement social and political agenda's, which, as in the case of As You Sow and its cronies, can be pretty frightening."
Here's a link to the mutual fund: (Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any monies invested, or lost in this fund, if you choose to partake. As always when making investments in the market, read the prospectus carefully and assume that there is risk involved with your capital.)
Friday, June 03, 2005
As always, only those who write for their own blogs are responsible for its content. Not me.
I'm currently reading "The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics" and am totally immersed in it. Of course, I knew what "side" I was on (Rand) but this book is such good ammunition!!!!
Also, I'm pleased to see that Robert Mayhew will have a new paperback out this coming November on Miss Rand's Q&A sessions!!!
PLUS!!! Tara Smith's new book (The Virtuous Egoist: Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics) will be published next year by the prestigious Cambridge University Press!!!!!
Hot Damn!!! And another thing!!! To also learn that Peter Schwartz and Harry Binswanger are both working on books, this is GREAT NEWS indeed.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
You make it possible for us to enjoy freedom and the liberty of the individual to reach our highest height's. You deserve our honor and our respect not just on Memorial Day, but every day.
America! Land of the Free. Home of the Brave!!!! Long may she live!!!
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Here's a link to a horrifying piece of legislation, brought to you by Congressman John Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).
H.R.1528 would turn neighbor against neighbor in the vaunted "War on Drugs".
"Proposed legislaltion would compel people to spy on their family members and neighbors, forcing all Americans to become foot soldiers in the war on drugs."
Friday, May 20, 2005
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
I will still welcome email correspondence, but I can't promise an immediate answer.
Of course, if the mood strikes, I may just post a thing or two if the news is warranted.
Actually, I had been working on a "Top Favorites" listing, of books, music, movies, etc. If I can finish that, I will post it for all to read and comment on, but again, I don't know when.
[revised post 5-19-05]
Monday, May 02, 2005
(You'll need to get Salon's daily 'site pass' to finish reading the article. No registration required.)
I concur, but not in the way Hugo wants our 'liberation' :-)
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Bene boy is going for the throat!! The full-nelson smackdown of the fundamental problem in all the world!!!!!!
He has publicly denounced both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter for (get this) "undermining the soul of Christianity". Hehehehehhehehe
Here's the linkaroo!
Now, here we have an authentically benevolent view of the Harry Potter series. Courtesy of the Ayn Rand Institute:
Monday, April 25, 2005
Theocracy Watch's "What's New?" page:
Here's a dilema of sorts that maybe can generate some discussion among Objectivist bloggers:
Some liberal bloggers are smearing the political theory of republicanism by calling conservatives/theocrats "republicans", when clearly, republicanism is the political system of individual rights and limited goverment.
Granted, theocrats want a "limited" secular arm, but only because they want "The Church" to have total power. This hardly constitutes alignment with republicanism, as we can see by Bush's massive expansion of the welfare-state and other government regulations.
Are the liberal critics right then, to cast a wide net over America's original political principle of Individual Rights begun as a tribute to Man, and to the fading Enlightenment?
Today's 'liberals' fail to gleam this crucial distinction, because they are altruist's too. As objectivist's, we know epistemologically, that socialism, communism, welfare-statism, fascism, theocracy... are all variants of the same altruist/collectivist/religious coin.
I once asked my fellow objectivist's here where I live, which one aspect of Miss Rand's philosophy is most desperately needed in today's America. I held it is the spread of her epistemology, which will lead to an understanding of her ethics and politics, which will accelerate the establishment of a freer society. They held it was her ethics alone which would ignite this acceleration. What do you think?
Either way, it's a long, tough battle we're engaged in.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
"Our goal is to reach as many people as possible and to engage values voters in the all-important issue of reining in our out-of-control courts and putting a halt to the issue of fillibusters against people of faith."
Here is the link to the full press release:
Looks like an all-out smear campaign to me. Who was it, now let me think a moment....who was it described something called, "The Argument from Intimidation"? Must've been Ayn Rand.
The above press release is no 'argument' at all, but a concerted smear campaign. The next salvo in the relentless drive of theocrats to wipe-out all things secular.
Here's a related article from the New York Sun: (Probably good today only).
Related web site: Family Research Council
Thursday, April 14, 2005
A sincere thanks to those of you who have visited this blog more than 3600 times in one year. It is truly appreciated.
Friday, April 08, 2005
These critiques are short and to the point, and they are worth your time to read.
Here's the link. He's provided an index of all ten parts, so it'll be easy to find and study.
Here's the link to the related news story...
Monday, April 04, 2005
There are several posts on this subject. Go. Read. Gus, maybe you can sift through this and post something on this yourself?
Of course, some conservatives are still fuming over Schiavo. Apparently holding grudges is what they are best at, since they cannot seem to hold onto, or never learned principle(s)...
Although I do not have the relevant link to the actual statement made, Tom DeLay (R-Tex) said the following, concerning the judiciary over the Terry Schiavo case..."they will answer for their behavior."
Enter stage right, Senate Bill S.520 (the ominously named) Constitution Restoration Act of 2005, which:
Amends the Federal judicial code to prohibit the U. S. Supreme Court and the Federal district courts from exercising jurisdiction over any matter in which relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State or local government or an officer or agent of such government concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.
Now isn't that just peachy!!! The bill has five sponsors in the Senate, so far. Haven't checked out the House version, as I'm hunched over the toilet at the moment.
May I suggest anyone who is still remotely sane, contact your local representative and express strong displeasure at this obviously naked power grab.
Here's the link for the Senate Bill:
May I also suggest searching Google for 'Dominionism'.
Goto http://www.theocracywatch.org, as well.
Two essays by Ayn Rand come to mind, "Don't Let It Go" and "What Can One Do?"
Andy over at The Charlotte Capitalist has an excellent overview of the popular book, "The Purpose Driven Life". He shreds it!!! Good work Andy. Really good.
Also see my own post of March 22: Know Thy Enemy II
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Friday, April 01, 2005
This is great news! Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7222711/ "Charging smokes over the Net? Not anymore"
Hat tips: Reclaim Your Brain & The Autonomist
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Herein lies THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN CIVIL GOVERNMENT...
"The nation is a collective being, with moral character and accountability, directly responsible to the Author of its existence, God himself."
"The necessary aims of national life compel the nation, in its own proper sphere, as distinct from that of the church, to have regard of the moral laws of the Christian religion, and to base its actions upon these or set itself against them."
"Civil government, the institution for the regulation and control of national life, is in its principle the ordinance of God, and is to be obeyed as such a divine ordinance (Romans 13:1-2)"
"Civil rulers are enjoined to learn Christ's law, and acknowledge and obey Him as King (Psalm 2:10-12)"
Here's the link. Go see what we're up against:
Sunday, March 13, 2005
This is just the sort of meddling that untrustworthy politicians, who don't want citizens to know what they're really doing behind closed doors, does to further cripple our freedom, then suddenly we're in a dictatorship.
The Online Coalition
Religion vs. America
Theocracy Watch (espcially look for their essays on the alarming rise of 'Dominionism')
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Looks like the power mad zealots now dominating the Republican party--taught well by their liberal teachers of what, 40-50 years--(from FDR to Reagan)-- are flexing their muscles (since they abandoned their minds to faith, long ago) to marginalize the fiscal conservatives among them.
Gus's critique is not to be missed.
From Big Tent to Anti-Concept:
Friday, February 18, 2005
Here we go:
"There are four characteristics which brand a country unmistakably as a dictatroship: one-party rule---executions without trial or with a mock trial, for political offenses--the nationalization of expropriation of private property---and censorship. A coutnry guilty of these outrages forfeits any moral prerogatives, any claim to national rights or sovereignty, and becomes an outlaw." from VOS.
Volumes can be and have been written about the issue of freedom versus dictatorship, but, in essence, it comes down to a single question: do you consider it moral to treat men as sacrificial animals and to rule them by physical force? from WTL's forward.
Dictatorship and determinism are reciprocally reinforcing corollaries: if one seeks to enslave men, one has to destroy their reliance on the validity of their own judgements and choices--if one believes that reason and volition are impotent, one has to accept the rule of force.
from "Representation without Authorization" in ARL,I,21,1.
Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoise; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.
from CUI, "America's Persecuted Minority:Big Business,"
It makes no difference whether government controls allegedly favor the interests of labor or business, of the poor or the rich, of a special class or a special race: the results are the same. The notion that a dictatorship can benefit any one special group at the expense of others is a worn remnant of the Marxist mythology of class warfare, refuted by half a century of factual evidence. All men are victims and losers under a dictatorship; nobody wins--except the ruling clique.
from "The Fascist New Frontier"
A dictatorship has to promulgate some sort of distant goals and moral ideals in order to justify its rule and the people's immolation; the extent to which is succeeds in convincing its victims, is the extent of its own danger; sooner or later, its contradicitons are thrown in its face by the best of its subjects: the ablest, the most intelligent, the most honest. Thus a dictatorship is forced to destroy and to keep on destroying the best of its "human resources." And be it fifty years or five centuries later, ambitious thugs, and lethargic drones are all a dictatorship will have left to expoit and rule; the rest will die young, physically and spiritually.
from "The Inexplicable Personal Alchemy" NL
VOS= Virtue of Selfishness
WTL= We the Living
ARL= Ayn Rand Letter
CUI= Capitalism:The Unknown Ideal
NL= The New Left [The Return of the Primative]
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Booked to Die by John Dunning
The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The English Assassin by Daniel Silva
Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse ( a classic, and best intro to Wodehouse)
The first four books of Terry Goodkind's fantasy series, starting with:
Wizard's First Rule
Rules of Engagement by Gordon Kent
The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson (one of my top favorites)
Cutout by Francine Mathews ( best espionage book I've read in years)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (this marked about the 25th time I've read this novel)
Essays on We the Living edited by Robert Mayhew
The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons ( this story is set in WW2 and features Hemmingway and a cameo by Ian Fleming. Fun.)
Heart of a Pagan by Andrew Bernstein (worthy of several readings)
His Dark Materials a trilogy by Philip Pullman (excellent)
As for 2005, I've got stacks and stacks of books waiting for my eager eyesight. Authors like Robin Hobb, more John Dunning, more Terry Goodkind, Edward Cline's Sparrowhawk series, more Daniel Silva, many others.
Monday, January 31, 2005
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
On the surface this looks like a great idea, but I, along with NoumenalSelf, (see link at left) think this is/could lead to further disaster for America and it's military. Why? Those of us who are familiar with philosophy, history, political science, know that fundamentally the secular West is at WAR with Islam. Our leaders spectacular failure to name our enemy is why this campaign is flagging, and will continue to --perhaps--worsen. I hate seeing this for our military, who don't deserve to be made into sacrificial lambs.
As for our current leader's "strategy" this same article reveals an astounding plan by the Bush team to foster unrest in all ten Mid-eastern nations.
Several objectivist's re-elected and support President Bush, because they like or are in favor of the likes of Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney. But I say, given that these four people are/seem to be decent and pro-American, this is precisely why we should have voted Bush out.
I just want to end, for now, by saying to you, as concerning our 'war on terror'. Who said the following: "In any compromise between two sides with the same fundamental principles, it is the more irrational one who wins."
Here's the New Yorker story. You really should study it carefully, then go to NounemalSelf.com, as well:
As an aside, my thanks go to The Charlotte Capitalist for mentioning my link about Theocracy Watch, below.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Saturday, January 08, 2005
I say, good-bye and good riddance to another hate-America leftist pest.
Here's a great summation of her hypocrisy.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
1) Frazier should never have been hired.
2) Frazier should have been fired after last season.
Also, big stories out of Seattle say Holmgren is on the hot seat there. Pshaw! Ray Rhodes is their Defensive Coordinator--- a loser wherever he's been. The only reason Rhodes won in Philly as Head coach, was John Gruden as his offensive coordinator. Talk about someone (Rhodes) who has an undeserved reputation as a good coach!!!!!!!!!!! After Gruden left Philly, what happened there. Nosedive! Rhodes went to Green Bay (I think) LOSER. Fired. Rhodes went to Denver as Defensive coordinator. ONE SEASON. Fired. Now in Seattle, he's poisoned that unit's ability to get better. CAN ANYBODY GET A HINT?