Bringing Reason to American Radio

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-10-09 17:37

Every summer during my childhood, my father and I would drive to Michigan’s upper peninsula for a month of camping, fishing, and interaction with our “yooper” relatives. During that long, scenic drive, my father would flip on the radio and tune in to commentator-extraordinaire Rush Limbaugh.

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X — by l on Mon, 2006-10-09 22:56
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-10-09 22:46
I Third the Motion — by Luke Setzer on Mon, 2006-10-09 21:15

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Biddle in Battle (caricature drawing)

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-10-09 17:21

Hey, I'd like to take credit for this one. It's good enough that I'll figure it original to me. Thanks!

Recent Comments:
The initiation of force prevarication, er, principle — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-10-14 05:19
Dan ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-13 12:48
Victor Pross claims he's in Love, but not with Diana. — by Wayne Simmons on Fri, 2006-10-13 07:30

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New Zealand Travel Advisory

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Submitted by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-10-09 08:55



My wife is a chemist and pharmaceutical production executive, a few months younger than I - and I'm 60. Fortunately, thanks to her East Asian heritage, her size 2 figure, plus exercise and modern technologies (see recent New Yorker cartoon above) she looks very, very, very, very much younger - as she likes to, and as I love her to look.

I usually take some pictures of her with me when I travel - but if I were to visit New Zealand, I'll have to leave her pictures at home. In a recent interview, New Zealand Chief Censor Bill Hastings said that "It doesn't matter if the model is an adult - if she looks underage, it's considered to be objectionable." And in New Zealand, the Chief Censor's determination that a picture is "objectionable" has the force of law, and could get me kicked out or barred from the country.

Isn't censorship wonderful?

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Adam — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 10:04
Linz - OK, so you are pissed off. — by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-10-12 09:50
OK, Adam — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 08:55

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Currently listening to:

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Submitted by Chris Cathcart on Mon, 2006-10-09 05:03

Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2, titled "Romantic." (On the first movement right now.) Add it to the list of Romantic music works to be listening to!

[Second movement of his Symphony No. 3 isn't shabby, either.]

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A Little More Breaking News :)

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Mon, 2006-10-09 04:43

I can *finally* share this happy development, as the cat is out o' the bag. Smiling My Food Philosophy podcast is now officially part of PodShow, founded by Adam Curry (former MTV VJ, but now known as the "Podfather") and hi-tech entrepreneur Ron Bloom.

Recent Comments:
Tea with Honey — by Prima Donna on Thu, 2006-10-12 01:15
Jennifer - great show — by AdamReed on Wed, 2006-10-11 08:09
Jen, we're gonna start — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-10-10 23:42

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From Quent Cordair Fine Art

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-08 22:26

We are pleased to announce the Quent Cordair Fine Art, 2008 Arts Cruise, January 6-13, 2008, aboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas sailing from Galveston.

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Pure Comedic Delight

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Submitted by Daniel Walden on Sun, 2006-10-08 20:54

I've just had the great pleasure of reacquainting myself, after a long absence, with the work of P.G. Wodehouse.

Recent Comments:
The Worth of Wodehouse — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-10-12 02:55
Linz has a cunning plan...but it'll have to wait — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-10-12 02:44
Not a fan of foppishness — by JoeM on Tue, 2006-10-10 23:47

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"All Things Considered"- an autobiography meant for inspiration

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Sat, 2006-10-07 07:42

I've posted this as a blog on my profile, and I have it linked to this website as well( figured it'd get SOLO a bit more traffic)- but mostly, I wanted to share this with as many people as possible. This is my life until now, and how many of what appeared to be disadvantages at the time wound up being blessings and inspirations in disguise. Without further ado:

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Flaws in the argument about getting another "Reagan", and how we WILL get one...

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Fri, 2006-10-06 03:48

One thing I always hear from, Rush Limbaugh, or even Dr. Hurd, is "we need another Reagan- but to do that we need, like, the worst candidate possible to get elected first". I've heard this many, many times.

Recent Comments:
Scoop Jackson — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-10-10 17:34
Scoop Jackson — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-10-10 17:20
Two more books on conservatives — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-10-10 05:05

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Beyond Belief!!!

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Submitted by Marcus on Thu, 2006-10-05 22:06

And the gays went in two by two . . .

David Clutterbuck, 72, is facing calls to be sent on “compulsory equality training” after his quip was added to a group e-mail about the bureaucratic obstacles Noah would have to overcome in the modern world.

Recent Comments:
"Muslim leaders [are] permitting voluntary apartheid." — by Marcus on Mon, 2006-10-16 10:32
More intolerant demands for tolerance — by Marcus on Sun, 2006-10-15 21:15
Voltaire and the age of "intolerant tolerance". — by Marcus on Fri, 2006-10-13 15:23

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Columbus Day

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2006-10-05 18:23

Christopher Columbus was a religious zealot whose voyage in 1492 opened up the Americas to enslavement, oppression, war, forced religious conversion and genocide. So why would you want to celebrate Columbus Day?

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Humour In Extremis (From the "Do I Really Need to Know This?" File)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-05 09:12

Parental Advisory: Contains intimate medical references, and outright smut. Discretion recommended.

Recent Comments:
Good news to be in the clear Linz — by Sandi on Mon, 2006-10-09 03:38
Next Time I'll Skip the Sedation — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2006-10-06 02:03
Oh well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-05 11:03

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A few Random Thoughts on the Democratic Party....

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Submitted by KingRandor82 on Thu, 2006-10-05 06:07

Cox and Forkum recently put up a cartoon on their website, laying out the true dangers of voting Democrat this election season...also stating he hopes that eventual defeat after defeat will throw them into obscurity, and the Republicans will split into two parties, so we can actually have a debate in Washington- one worth having.

Recent Comments:
Ok, Craig... — by Michael Moeller on Thu, 2006-10-12 06:49
What is written and what is read... — by Craig Ceely on Thu, 2006-10-12 02:32
Look, Craig... — by Michael Moeller on Wed, 2006-10-11 13:31

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Stiglitz in The Times: A Study in Confusion

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-10-05 04:04

In today’s New York Times, Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel prize winner in economics, has an article titled “How to Fix the Global Economy.” Judging from his article, Stiglitz appears to believe that the main problem of the global economy is ”global financial imbalances.” By this, he means “America’s enormous trade deficits,” which he states are close to $3 billion a day, and “China’s growing trade surplus of almost $500 million a day.”

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Works of JOY: ULTRAMAN (Update, Vol. II Release)

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-10-04 01:41

ULTRAMAN Region 1 DVD Release Ultraman: Series One, Vol. 1 (2004)
Available at Amazon Under $30.00

This is the official DVD release of the first 20 of 39 episodes. Color, 450 Minutes, English dubbed and Japanese language originals, English Subtitles, Special Features. Tsurubaya Productions (c) 1966

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Vol. II, Even Better! — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2007-01-17 04:21
Johnny Sokko — by Ted Keer on Wed, 2006-10-04 15:28
Memories — by Luke Setzer on Wed, 2006-10-04 12:25

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One, two, three: What are we fighting for?

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Submitted by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-10-03 23:10

I was an early advocate of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, under the impression that our government would not sacrifice American and allied soldiers without a coherent plan for achieving a permanent victory.

Recent Comments:
Americans in Fear, Not — by Jeff Perren on Thu, 2006-10-19 22:33
Kevin says: — by LWHALL on Thu, 2006-10-19 14:20
Typo — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-10-19 14:13

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Free Boulder Lecture by Dr. Brad Thompson on School Violence

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Submitted by DianaHsieh on Tue, 2006-10-03 22:47

** Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested **

Seven years after the horrifying Columbine High School massacre, America's public schools are still plagued by student violence.

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Epistemic Urges

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Submitted by Ergo on Tue, 2006-10-03 21:34

Our conscious minds are epistemically boundless, limitless, unrestricted in any way. Our imaginations are completely free. Epistemically, we can think of anything whatsoever; we can fabricate any kind of creature, super-hero, fantasy realms, dreamlands, etc.

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Sensation/Perception/Conception & Jaynes' Theory of Mind — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-10-05 06:46
Good points Ted — by Ergo on Wed, 2006-10-04 17:20
Imagination and creativity — by John Drake on Wed, 2006-10-04 17:17

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ARI vs Nutri-Nazis

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2006-10-03 19:46

Ayn Rand Institute Press Release
New York Has No Right to Force Restaurants to Cut on Trans Fats
October 3, 2006

Irvine, CA--New York's Board of Health has proposed a law to force all restaurants in the city to severely limit the content of trans fats in their food.

Recent Comments:
Fred - clarity — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-10-06 15:19
Adam — by Fred Weiss on Fri, 2006-10-06 13:04
Fred - references — by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-10-06 06:27

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A Passion for Dance

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-10-03 14:26

Hello All,

I began my love affair with dancing in middle school, and our relationship has grown stronger with each passing year.

Recent Comments:
I hear ya! — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-10-03 20:52
Dancing = Chicks — by Dan Edge on Tue, 2006-10-03 20:52
I've always been shy about — by Martin on Tue, 2006-10-03 19:32

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Stepping Down ... And Stepping Up!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-10-03 02:10

Twelve years and seventy-one issues after launching it, I have decided to step down as editor of The Free Radical.

When I say, as I often do, that The Free Radical is the world’s sassiest, KASSiest Objecti-libertarian magazine, I mean it. It is. It has a grunt and humour lacking in all the others. It is, in George Reisman’s words, “a magazine of rare courage and intellect.” It is, in Paul Holmes’ words, “angry, funny and intelligent—just like its editor.” I am inordinately proud of my baby. So why am I relinquishing fatherhood?

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Scotty — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-10-12 08:36
History — by Scott Wilson on Tue, 2006-10-10 08:58
Incidentally ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-10-06 23:25

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Monthly Update

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-10-01 18:48

Quite a bit has been going on behind the scenes this last month.

I’m happy to announce that we’re making great progress in regards to SOLOC5. While we haven’t nailed down all the details yet, I want you to be aware that we’re planning on having SOLOC5 in beautiful San Diego sometime during the month of February. When we get details more finalized, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

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Works of JOY: Rita Hayworth in GILDA 1946

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Submitted by Ted Keer on Sun, 2006-10-01 17:09

GILDA 1946 Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth
Showing on TCM 8PM EDT Oct 28

A romantic Drama in the best sense of the word, this film forever secured for Rita Hayworth the title of "sex goddess," a title which, in real life, she found a tragic personal frustration.

Directed by Charles Vidor, Gilda stars Glenn Ford, (recently deceased,) as Johnny Farrell, a handsome, streetwise adventurer and romantic lead who "makes his own luck."

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The God Delusion Interview

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2006-10-01 11:32

Watch here an interview with Dawkins about his new book on BBC newsnight and read extracts from the book.

Dawkins' interview

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Marcus on Dawkins on 'free-riding parasitism' — by William Scott Scherk on Fri, 2007-12-28 05:48
Dawkins reads excerpts from God Delusion... — by Marcus on Sat, 2006-10-14 12:41
Marcus — by Ted Keer on Mon, 2006-10-09 16:28

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While We're All Bragging...

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Submitted by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-10-01 06:32

...I couldn't resist sharing the new line of tabletop we've just unveiled, because the colors are so rich and beautiful, and the aesthetics of this collection make me all sorts of happy! The line will be featured along with a fall menu we created for tomorrow's edition of the Times Herald-Record's Sunday magazine (the Hudson Valley's major newspaper), so I'll post a link once it's available on the web (you can now see the link here). My entertaining Q&A column will soon debut in that magazine as well.

Recent Comments:
Thank you! — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-10-01 22:15
Lovely. — by jtgagnon on Sun, 2006-10-01 19:09
Okay, there's bragging earned, but... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2006-10-01 18:12

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Pukekohe on the 30th

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sat, 2006-09-30 23:16

Well, that was an absolute blast! On the 30th, I took my wife's NSR150RR (having sold my GSXR600 after losing half the points on my license in one hit) to Pukekohe for a track day. It was incredible fun - Pukekohe is a very fast track so the larger bikes tended to come past me like I was standing still, but I made up some time under brakes & through the tighter corners.

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Removing music from your mind

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Submitted by F L Light on Sat, 2006-09-30 16:50

As there have been a number of blogs and forum-topics lately on the merit of various styles of music and musicians, from Mozart to Moffo, I offer in refutation of musical worth these couplets, which are excerpted from a long manuscript on futile music. A defense of poetry is necessarily an offense to musicians and those infatuated by their noise.

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My turn to brag!

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Submitted by Martin on Sat, 2006-09-30 15:18

I feel a need to brag about my improving physical fitness! Today's workout of the day on Crossfit was 10 sets of 2 squats. The last time I did squats it was 10 sets of 1, and I ended with a personal record of 255 lb.

Recent Comments:
Additional braggartry — by Martin on Mon, 2006-10-02 11:51
Linz, — by Martin on Mon, 2006-10-02 11:46
Of comely calves & Linz the Lech (?) — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2006-10-01 22:59

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Competition? Only if you insist...

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-09-30 09:20

Recently, NZ's largest company, Telecom, released a press statement proclaiming that it welcomed competition from a new entrant in the domestic telephone market.

But, that's not quite truthful, is it?

Recent Comments:
Craig copiously, commendably & conspicuously concurs... — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2006-10-01 02:37
Ross routs regulation rooters — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2006-09-30 20:24

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Life Imitates Art? Craigslist Ad

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Submitted by JoeM on Sat, 2006-09-30 05:06

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Recent Comments:
He forgot something. — by Marnee on Sat, 2006-09-30 05:33

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