Evil In Black and White

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:34

An editorial in the New York Times by Stanley Fish shows just how far gone some really are. To this oily virus, even free speech is just "an abstract principle."

(Though the Danish cartoon story is now dated, the principle is fresh... and an occasional reminder of what's at stake is helpful. Hat tip to Robert Tracinski for including this in his Top Stories of 2006.)

Recent Comments:
Good points — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 18:57
Are we arguing about the same thing? — by Mario on Sat, 2006-12-23 18:21
Free Pass? — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 16:53

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ARI's Epstein: The Meaning of New Year's Resolutions

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2006-12-22 22:45

The Meaning of New Year's Resolutions
By Alex Epstein

Every New Year's Eve millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Whether the resolution is to get out of debt, to spend more time with loved ones, or to quit smoking, these resolutions have one thing in common: they are goals to make our lives better.

Recent Comments:
Just like Hudgins — by Kenny on Thu, 2007-01-04 13:33
Resolved — by F L Light on Wed, 2006-12-27 05:20
Very pertinent. — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:12

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No more Big Bangers For Little Snarlers

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Submitted by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-22 11:35

Next year, fireworks in New Zealand can only be sold to those over 18 years.

Considering no one ever died nor suffered serious injury from fireworks last year, how can the government justify this decision?

Recent Comments:
Not with a bang... — by Peter Cresswell on Sat, 2006-12-23 01:33
I actually believed that... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:35
Melissa... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 23:57

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Let the Holocaust deniers speak out

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Submitted by Marcus on Fri, 2006-12-22 08:25

Good article from the Times. It mentions David Irving's release from prison - a stupid act by the Austrian authorities.

Recent Comments:
jokes,bias and holocaust — by 0 on Mon, 2007-09-24 19:38
hmmm — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2007-09-22 22:20
Leonid " I'm not going to — by 0 on Sat, 2007-09-22 20:37

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Favorite Christmas Movies

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 07:47

Ok, I'm prepared to be educated: something I don't easily admit to.

I expect the usual including Miracle on 34th St. & It's a Wonderful Life. But, let's try for something a little different that uses the Christmas spirit as a back drop for an enthralling tale. Stuff like Love Actually, The Family Man or [God forbid!] Die Hard.

Recent Comments:
Aw, c'mon! — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-30 01:21
Agreed! — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-12-28 17:14
NO! NOT JIM CARREY! — by Melissa Lepley on Thu, 2006-12-28 15:34

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An individualist choir?! Yes, it's true...

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Fri, 2006-12-22 04:39

I had the privilege this past summer of working under Cantus, a men's choral group based in Minneapolis, MN. They were excellent instructors, and they happen to have been founded (and still led) by a group of honest-to-goodness Objectivists!

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Rocky Balboa

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-12-21 23:23

Well, you know I had to see this one since I used to watch Rocky movies as a kid. I didn't expect much from "Rocky 6", but I must say that as I watched this movie I was more then surprised. I was amazed. Rocky might not be as eloquent as Rearden, Francisco or Roark, but his monologues in this movie have a similar effect.

Recent Comments:
Blocking in Rocky — by Landon Erp on Tue, 2006-12-26 22:18
Not to be a spoil-sport. — by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-26 12:39
Well, Rocky II originally — by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-25 01:19

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Pachelbel Rant

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Thu, 2006-12-21 16:52

Saw this baby on YouTube and thought that everyone here would get a kick out of it. A comedian tears into Pachelbel's Canon in D, then rants about how it follows him everywhere he goes.


Recent Comments:
Excellent start to the day. — by Jamie Clay on Fri, 2006-12-22 20:15
Oh Ross, — by Melissa Lepley on Fri, 2006-12-22 12:44
Marcus... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-12-22 07:46

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A Xmas Wish (PC Version)

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Submitted by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-21 07:41

I just had to share this little ripper, sent to my other half from a software company.

"I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends, but it is so difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my solicitor yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:

Recent Comments:
Good one — by Laure Chipman on Thu, 2006-12-21 14:42

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-12-21 00:04

It's been drawn to my attention that one of the good folk at RoR has said SOLO has been silent on the matter of Tracinski, the implication being that SOLO is ARI's lapdog (haven't they been keeping up?! Smiling)

Recent Comments:
When You Do... — by Jeff Perren on Fri, 2006-12-29 18:52
Jeff — by TRowland on Fri, 2006-12-29 17:31
Influences — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-27 17:37

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It's official- George W. Bush has learned absolutely NOTHING from his father's failures...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:19

Word on the web is that the administration is looking to repeal the tax cuts early next year, to appease the Democrats. Y'know, this was like the one thing I had to credit him for- at the bare minimum, I thought he would've been smart enough, no matter what, to learn from his father's BIGGEST folly in office. Sadly, this apparently looks not to be the case- what a braindead f'ing moron.

Recent Comments:
you'd, however, have to hope — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2007-01-02 06:08
The problem with a temporary tax cut... — by atlascott on Sat, 2006-12-23 23:43
This all comes from not — by wngreen on Wed, 2006-12-20 13:53

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How human rights always lead to human wrongs.

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Submitted by Marcus on Tue, 2006-12-19 23:56

NZer Jamie Whyte has another interesting article out today in "the Times" about the necessity of property rights over other bogus rights.

"Tens of millions of Chinese have worked their way out of poverty in recent years. It was not achieved by extending human rights law in China. Nor is it an “economic miracle”. It is a predictable consequence of establishing property rights."

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Monckton To Snowe and Rockefeller: Let Exxon Speak!

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:03

Lord Monckton of the UK has written a strongly worded letter to Senators Snowe and Rockefeller. The letter is a reply to the U.S. Senators' recent harrassment of Exxon-Mobil vis-a-vis their support of 'skeptical scientists'; i.e. those who disagree with the alleged consensus regarding Global Warming.

Recent Comments:
Agreed — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:23

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SOLO's Word Cloud

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-19 02:49
SOLO's Word Cloud

Here's a bit of fun: The 'Word Cloud' for SOLO.

Go here to generate your own word cloud for your own sites.

Recent Comments:
No James! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-12-19 22:48
Pomo? — by James S. Valliant on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:17
Krishna? — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-12-19 10:02

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The Civil War- was it truly necessary?

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-18 09:24

I was reading a few weeks ago what someone had to say about Abraham Lincoln, and I remembered he's remembered for his greatness for "preserving the Union"...but I was just wondering- was it honestly necessary to do so? I don't mean to ask this like "oh, why do that! what a stupid thing!" cause I Honestly don' know. I mean I know Southerners seem to have a hatred of Northerners and vice-versa..at least from what I've heard. So WAS it a smart move, WASN'T it? What- any thoughts you could offer would be great.

Recent Comments:
Leaving the union was in — by Aaron on Tue, 2006-12-19 14:07
As with most things — by LWHALL on Tue, 2006-12-19 12:59
Um...yeah...most of you — by KingRandor82 on Tue, 2006-12-19 07:00

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I have a Christmas present this year for Republicans, and those on this forum that back them over Democrats- some advice

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Mon, 2006-12-18 08:47

Hey there all! I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful Winter Solstice..which ok, hasn't come yet, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, Rightwingnews.com has recently been touting this one '08 candidate named Duncan Hunter, and they claim he's really a principled guy and all that shebang- feel free to go to the site and check 'im out.

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Taking the Christ out of Christmas

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-12-17 22:17

I hear people complaining that "Christ is being taken out of Christmas." In fact, the Vatican, poor dears, have "accused some western countries of waging "a war against Christmas" by removing Christian values and symbols from the holiday."

So what? Christ was never in Christmas, except in fiction and by order of the Council of Trent. Jesus wasn't even born in December: he was born in July*, which makes him a cancer -- just like religion.

Recent Comments:
Who The Grinch Is — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-23 15:37
Kenny, re Grinch-i-ness... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-23 07:57
The Grinch is a US... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-12-23 00:25

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Richard Dawkins.net philosophy forums and Lindsay Perigo's open letter to Richard Dawkins

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Submitted by michael fasher on Sun, 2006-12-17 08:49

The new website of Richard Dawkins has a philosophy section in the forums which we could introduce him to objectivism. Lindsay Perigo could get his open letter on there.

Recent Comments:
Re: Linz and Dawkins and Valliant and Peter S — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2007-12-28 05:19
But Prepare for Attacks — by Luke Setzer on Tue, 2006-12-19 12:39
Well anybody feel free to — by michael fasher on Tue, 2006-12-19 06:15

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Victor Borge

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-12-17 01:54

Anyone else hear ever heard of Victor Borge? What are people's thoughts on him? Personally, he's one of the damn funniest musicians I've ever seen. His heavily music-based comedic repertoire always sends me into hysterics.

Recent Comments:
Yes! Rainer Hersch! — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-12-19 02:02
Rainer — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-12-18 01:23
Victor Borge... — by Robert on Mon, 2006-12-18 00:48

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General Augusto Pinochet Is Dead

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Submitted by George Reisman on Sun, 2006-12-17 00:34

On Sunday, December 10, General Augusto Pinochet of Chile died, at the age of 91. General Pinochet deserves to be remembered for having rescued his country from becoming the second Soviet satellite in the Western hemisphere, after Castro’s Cuba, and, like the Soviet Union, and Cuba under Castro, a totalitarian dictatorship.

Recent Comments:
Reisman responds to critics — by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-12-21 22:17
Pinochet — by Ray Bronski on Wed, 2006-12-20 22:11
The ends do not justify the means — by Scott Wilson on Wed, 2006-12-20 01:15

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Whither (Wither?) Europe?

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2006-12-16 22:47

A German author gives his opinion about the fate of Europe.
The Rape of Europe

His advice? Move to Australia or New Zealand.

His reasons? Among others is this quote from a woman he debated: "[I]t is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting."

Recent Comments:
Breakfasting Slander — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-12-20 09:10
The thing I like about Fraser — by TimV on Tue, 2006-12-19 21:29

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Musical Chairs :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-15 09:35

Jason Quintana, some months ago, took on an academic load that led him to step down as SOLO's Exec Dir. John Gagnon stepped up.

Recently, Jason shed some of his load ... and John took on a load that led him to want to step down. So Jason is stepping back up ... at least for an interim 6-month period!

Recent Comments:
Thanks, John. — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-12-16 05:29
Musical Chairs — by jtgagnon on Sat, 2006-12-16 03:40
Both ways — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-12-15 22:06

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SOLOC 5 Postponed, Declaration of Independence Renewed

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-12-15 08:36

I'm pleased to announce the postponement of SOLOC 5.

"Pleased" because the circumstances leading up to its postponement afford an opportunity to reiterate the very point of SOLO at a time when it might have been in danger of being blurred or compromised.

Recent Comments:
Well, in order to offer an argument and not a smear — by Kendall J on Sun, 2007-01-07 16:57
I doubt they're cheering — by Laure Chipman on Sat, 2007-01-06 16:15
Hsiekovians' Pin-Up Pelosi ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2007-01-06 10:09

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Interesting debate - Harris vs Prager on existence of god

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Submitted by Pete L on Fri, 2006-12-15 02:45

I dug this one up searching for information on Sam Harris, an atheist commentator whose work I admire. In this debate which took place via email exchanges over the course of several days, Harris takes on Dennis Prager, a conservative Jew and radio personality of some repute. Enjoy!

Recent Comments:
Fallacies — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-12-18 23:37
Check out Sam Harris vs Scott Atran — by Wayne Simmons on Mon, 2006-12-18 09:06
Likewise. Sam Harris' — by JulianP on Sat, 2006-12-16 02:26

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HILARIOUS Year in Review Video at JibJab.com!

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-12-14 09:07

JibJab.com's "Nuckin' Futs"

Also check out "Deck the Halls". It's priceless.

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Free Muslims Coalition

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-12-14 02:47

Those in the west who appreciate Western values have been vocally demanding that moderate Muslims stand up and speak out against the Islamofascists ... well, how about this list of principles, courtesy the Free Muslims Coalition:

Recent Comments:
Update ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2007-02-14 20:11
Jeff said, and Polonium-210 — by Richard Wiig on Mon, 2007-01-08 04:42
Plain Talk — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2007-01-08 00:52

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Linz is 1 year wiser today :-)

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Submitted by JulianD on Thu, 2006-12-14 01:07

I just wanted to wish Linz a happy birthday (or Feliz cumpleanos as they say here in Colombia where I am at present). I will share a wine with you on my return.

Julian Darby

Recent Comments:
Read his biography... — by JulianP on Mon, 2006-12-18 04:59
Linz, — by seddon on Sat, 2006-12-16 15:54
No respect for your elders! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-12-16 06:38

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Where's my free will?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-12-13 23:10

The first thing you notice through the fog of sleep is a loud, ringing sound. As you rise up through the fog of sleep you recognise it as an alarm of some sort. Your alarm clock. You focus further and realise that it's not going to turn itself off. As you force yourself awake you direct your focus to your limbs, lifting yourself out of bed, and you turn off the clock on your way to the bathroom, making yourself shake the sleep from your mind as you go. It's the start of another day.

Recent Comments:
Eyes wide open or half closed, discernemnt or apathy — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-12-14 00:01

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US Senator's stroke could tip balance of power in Senate back to Republicans

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Wed, 2006-12-13 22:51

Tim Johnson, Democratic Senator from South Dakota had a stroke today. I wish him well and hope he recovers. However, if he is unable to continue a Republican could be nominated to fill his seat, tipping the balnce of power in the US Senate.

Recent Comments:
Jesus, Jim... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-12-14 23:55
A Bad Dream, not a Dark Joke — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-12-14 02:23

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Responses to Carter's Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid

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Submitted by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2006-12-13 19:16

Several columnists review Carter's latest diatribe and find it wanting.

SF Gate reviews Carter's foreign policy history.

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