Friday, October 27, 2006

New Streaming Videos from The Ayn Rand Institute

[Hat tip: Principles in Practice]

1] Quick registration required @ ARI

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ALSO: A belated Happy Birtday to gus van horn, who's [whose?] blog turned two recently! [You can tell I just got up a bit ago. Brain isn't in gear yet;-)]

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Is it a Miracle? ;-)

My 85 year old mother-in-law is reading 'Atlas Shrugged' for the first time. She and I have had more than a few conversations about relgion and morality, so I view this as a great event.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Banner!

While cruising the blogsphere, I noticed The Objective Standard offers bloggers a banner to place on their site. I have done so. Scroll down to the bottom of the left column and check it out. Cool.

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Poem--for the ages??

Andy Clarkson wrote this himself. My thanks to The Charlotte Capitalist.

I Live Here On Earth and Worship The Mind

I flew to Paris to see Aga Khan
And his beautiful carpets from Somewhere-a-stan
We sipped tea with our pinkies out
I asked him if he ever had a doubt
About the source of all his splendor
He replied, "Never mind that. When will the West surrender?
Come join us my friend and do as we do
And I can offer you a virgin or seventy-two"

Hey Aga, thanks for the chat
But, sorry sir, that's not where I'm at
You don't fool me and I am not blind
I live here on Earth and can use my mind

I then took the train to Rome to see the Pope
To understand all his talk of faith and hope
We spoke quietly in The Holy See
I asked him what I should do about me
And if I fit into The City of God
He replied reverently with a gentle nod
"Come join us my son into the realm of passivity
And I can offer you blessed eternity"

Hey, Your Holiness, thanks for the chat
But, sorry sir, that's not where I'm at
You don't fool me and I am not blind
I live here on Earth and can use my mind

Well as fast as I could, I blew out of Rome
Went to pay a visit to ancient Noam
We sat in his office at MIT
I asked him if we would ever be free
And if he could help clear up all this confusion
He replied, "Don't worry, its all just an illusion.
Come join us my brother into the world of skepticism
And stay away from the certainty of Objectivism"

Hey, professor, thanks for the chat
But, sorry sir, that's not where I'm at
You don't fool me and I am not blind
I live here on Earth and can use my mind

Copyright 2006 Andy Clarkson. All rights reserved.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Battle of Our Era

by Harry Binswanger [Hat Tip: Capitalism Magazine]


Whether the enemy bombs the World Trade Center, abortion clinics, logging equipment, or medical research labs, the target is the same: reason--the use of reason to produce material values.

Hostility to global trade, to nuclear power, to DDT, to "urban sprawl," to Wal-Mart--it all comes from the same root and has the same meaning: antagonism towards man's life as a rational animal. Reason is man's basic means of survival. The life- giving power of reason is sensed by those who rail against the technological-industrial achievements of the West and particularly of America. Whether environmentalist or Islamist, they cannot abide the success of America. It stands as an unbearable reproach. It's America or their own irrational way of functioning, which they would rather blow themselves up than challenge and change.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Good News

Amazon emailed me today and told me that 'The Fountainhead' is now available on DVD. At $14.99 I hope it is quality merchandise.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Movie recommendation

'Finding Home' is a film set in Maine. Beautiful Maine. A state I've come to admire for its scenic and glorious waterways and mountain vista's.
A young woman who works in New York City, is estranged from her grandmother [Louise Fletcher] because of her mother's interfering ways, is called to her funeral and discovers she is left with the Inn her grandmother's family owned and ran for decades. The story unfolds of her 'finding home' and discovering, or rather rediscovering, a life she loved as a child but was torn from by her mother.
I give it four out of five stars.