New SOLO Webmaster!

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:56

I am very excited to announce that we have a new SOLO co-webmaster to replace the excellent Duncan Bayne who is stepping down next month to pursue a business venture.

This new webmaster is... Ross Elliot! Ross is an experienced programmer and a long time member of SOLO. I am extremely pleased that he has accepted my offer and I'm looking forward to seeing the improvements that he and Julian will make to the website during the next several months.

- Jason

Recent Comments:
My understanding ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-19 07:29
You sure are, Ash. By the — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:30
I Should Be — by Ashley on Tue, 2006-04-18 20:14

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Christianism in Power: The FDA as an Instrument of Mass Murder

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Submitted by AdamReed on Sun, 2006-04-16 07:36

"On December 1st, Merck & Company applied to the Food and Drug Administration for a license to sell a vaccine that it has developed to protect women against the human papilloma virus. ... More than twelve thousand women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six were monitored for an average of two years. The results were conclusive: twenty-one of the women who received a placebo during the trial developed the cellular abnormalities that are associated with cancer and other illnesses. Not one of those in the vaccinated group did. Another vaccine, which is being developed by GlaxoSmithKline, promises to be just as effective."

Recent Comments:
christianism — by Rex Wilkinson on Sun, 2006-06-04 22:29
Well said — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 13:22

Silver Lining

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-04-16 02:28

T'is an ill wind that blows nobody any good! Allow me to demonstrate.

The Silver Lining # 1:

--Click to enlarge

Lindsay Mitchell blogged on Saturday of the English police emergency that had a Herefordshire shopkeeper rush to the crime scene, his shop, in a bluster. Turned out they wanted to impound three gollywog dolls in the shop window!

Recent Comments:
That's nothing — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:51

Rachmaninoff

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Submitted by seddon on Sun, 2006-04-16 00:50

T. S. Eliot said that “April is the cruellest month,” but since it is the month when I celebrate the birth of Rachmaninoff, I think It is just fine. So I thought I would put down a few thoughts about SR.
Actually, I have two questions before I begin. (1) I find I hear many more of the notes that SR wrote when I have the score on my lap when I’m listening or when I’m playing him on my Steinway, as opposed to listening to him in the car or without the score. For example, I can hardly hear all of the subtle changes in the middle voices in the right hand when I’m just listening to the “un poco meno mosso” section of the g minor prelude from Op. 23. After all SR has the left hand playing 24 16th notes and the 1 and 5 fingers of the right hand playing octaves—so its easy to lose those middle tones. So my question is, How much did SR intend the non-music score reader to hear? I suppose “all” is the right answer but is SR expecting too much of the average listener?

Recent Comments:
Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 16:53
RCA/Naxos — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-04-17 11:30
Linz, — by seddon on Mon, 2006-04-17 00:57

In love with America

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Submitted by Tim S on Fri, 2006-04-14 15:03

I'm always incredulous at the things people say against their own culture. Everywhere one goes one encounters hatred towards George Bush, the US, Tony Blair and pretty much everything that is making an attempt to stand up for justice in the face of Islamo-fascism. And yet while George Bush is hated and equated with Hitler, I rarely hear anyone express anger towards Bin Laden, Saddam, Islamic beheaders, or any other mass murdererer - in fact the very sort of people who are actually threatening our lives right now.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

Recent Comments:
Kenny, have a read of this. — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 05:02
Time To Fight The Real War — by Sandi on Tue, 2006-04-18 01:37
That's all? — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-17 23:24

Baths

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Submitted by Tenyamc on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:58

When you're expecting your first baby, you can find numerous books that include directions for bathing your new baby. New parent classes usually devote at least one session to bathing the new baby. Finally, if you feel the need for some last-minute instruction, most hospitals have videos and nurses available to advise new parents on this and many other aspects of newborn care. What these many guides fail to make adequately clear is that wet babies are very slippery, once soap is added, they are even slipperier. Further when you bathe a real live baby, you get very wet. If you bathe your child in the bathtub, it hurts your back. Added to these complications, many very young babies become frightened when placed in a tub of water.

Recent Comments:
Everyday-ness — by VSD on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:06
Love the sink! — by Prima Donna on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:45
Kitchen sink — by Tenyamc on Sat, 2006-04-15 21:14

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Objectivism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Fri, 2006-04-14 04:02

Introduction

This essay is a discussion of the Correspondence Theory of Truth (CTOT) and how the theory fits into the philosophy of Objectivism. I will argue that properly understood, the CTOT is compatible with Objectivist epistemology. I will also discuss pitfalls that must be avoided to keep the door closed to skepticism.

Readers should note that I am writing here for two distinct audiences. The first is the Objectivist community at large, those who are already familiar with the philosophy. I am also presenting this essay to my Senior Seminar in Philosophy class at the University of South Carolina for peer review.

Recent Comments:
I prefer 'aspects of existents' — by Ed on Tue, 2006-04-25 05:03
Thanks Ed — by Dan Edge on Mon, 2006-04-24 20:36
terminology — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 06:04

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The Actual Nature of Offshoring and of Our Balance of Trade Deficits

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-04-13 21:33

Few issues are more frequently commented on than the shifting of American manufacturing to locations outsides the United States, in order to take advantage of lower foreign wage rates, particularly in Asia. This shifting is what is meant by “offshoring.” With equal or greater frequency lamentations are heard concerning the United States’ chronic excess of imports over exports, i.e., its so-called “unfavorable” balance of trade.

Here’s an example that will help to put both matters in proper perspective.

Recent Comments:
Outsourcing versus Exile — by Ted Keer on Fri, 2007-01-26 04:11
Offshoring — by 0 on Thu, 2007-01-25 22:28
Just a smidge above slaves — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Wed, 2006-04-19 16:22

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The Non-Partisan Passion of JARS

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:30

Well known is the story of Ayn Rand's appearance on Donahue, as told by Barbara Branden. The story is used as evidence of Rand's intolerance and dogmatic insistence on agreement. Anyone who has actually seen the footage knows that this story is a lie.

Recent Comments:
Ted, you're a moron. Ooops, — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 22:06
QED — by Ted Keer on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:33
Fred and Ted — by Fred Weiss on Thu, 2006-11-23 21:23

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Objectivist Club to display Muhammad cartoons at The University of Montana

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Thu, 2006-04-13 18:27

Here's a press release I sent out to some local papers today about an event the UM Objectivist Club will be holding tomorrow:

PRESS RELEASE

April 13, 2006

UM Objectivist Club to display Muhammad cartoons at UM, raise money for
Canadian newspaper's legal defense fund

Recent Comments:
Good job, Andrew. — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 23:02
same — by Mike_M on Sun, 2006-04-16 22:11
Wow — by Andrew Bissell on Sun, 2006-04-16 21:24

Steam and Religion

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 11:41

Rev Watergrave
As a spin-off from talking about The Root of All Evil, Richard Dawkins' new television documentary, the Julian Pistorius blog has called me out on my views on religion.

My respect for religion is like my admiration for a well-made steam engine. It's great what it can do, we're more powerful with it than with nothing in its place BUT it has been supplanted and the new way is better. But Julian comes back with...


The Necessity of Destroying Iran

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-04-13 03:27

Whatever one's views on the use of anticipatory self-defense against Iran, it is becoming increasingly clear (but apparently not to all) that action MUST be taken. President Bush once referred to Ahmadinejad as an "odd guy." That is an understatement on every level. Ensconced on the throne of Islam's shining star, Ahmadinejad's rhetoric is not merely inflammatory - he's backing it up with actions. He is, simply put, a fanatacist - a member of an obscure Shi'ite sect that eagerly awaits Armageddon and the appearance of the 12th Imam. Fueled by such irrational beliefs, this "odd guy" will employ whatever methods necessary to legitimize his utterly absurd beliefs.

Recent Comments:
Not a clue... — by jtgagnon on Wed, 2006-04-19 05:28
I've just realised that this — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-04-19 04:29
Kenny, if you were to apply — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-18 23:52

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Review of Robert Campbell's JARS Essay

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 21:08

This blog entry is a review of Robert Campbell's essay Ayn Rand and the Cognitive Revolution in Psychology. Mr. Campbell provided a link to this essay in another thread, encouraging review.

Recent Comments:
You can call me Dr. Cohen... — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 17:21
Re: Cognitive Poetics — by mcohen on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:51
Cognitive poetics — by Robert Campbell on Sun, 2006-04-16 03:03

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Muslims get tits in a tangle

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:30

A new Muslim-sensitive edition of Playboy has appeared in the world's most populous Muslim nation that should please all the local and international idiots who favour wowserish puritanism for Muslim women -- the just-launched Indonesian edition lifts the burqah on "midriffs, thighs and cleavage," but contains no nudity. None at all. I swear I am not making this up.

Recent Comments:
Who ripped the pics out, dammit? — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-14 06:15
Grizzlies — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-04-13 10:11
*I'm* not grizzling about — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:35

A movie about the mind, apparently

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:28

Let me introduce you to a film in which the contradictions are apparently all worth it.

A teen-flick that celebrates intelligence.
A film in which Kim Basinger wins out by the use of her mind.
A thriller in which cellphones and technology star, and in which the mind comes out victorious over muscle.

Thrilling stuff, huh? Sounds like it to me too, and I know nothing more about it than what I've read here, and that it's called Cellular.

LINK: The digital divide: It's not the money stupid - Owen McShane, NBR

Recent Comments:
Life is 'cellular' nowadays...dude — by Rowlf on Sat, 2006-04-15 04:46

Celebrating those charming Easter rituals

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:26

Every year at Easter we celebrate sacrifice with time-honoured rituals that go to the heart of who we are as a society. This year will be no exception.

Recent Comments:
mmmm...sacrilicious.... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-04-16 14:32
Closed — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:44
Shop Trading Restrictions are a Human Rights Issue — by Sandi on Fri, 2006-04-14 01:11

Is it true that the government that governs best, governs least?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-04-12 20:18

'The Government that Governs Best, Governs Least.' That's true, but it's not the whole truth -- which just shows you how reliable bumper-sticker philosophy can be. What's missing from that analysis is what gets too many libertarians confused.

Recent Comments:
Size is important — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 13:48

Meeting Nathaniel Branden

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Submitted by William E. Perry on Wed, 2006-04-12 16:03

The first time I met Nathaniel Branden was at the 1998 Summer Seminar of what was then called the Institute for Objectivist Studies. IOS later became The Objectivist Center. George H. Smith took me to an area of the common room in which Branden was talking to a few people. He introduced me to him.

I had recently read Judgment Day. At that point his revised version was about to be released as My Years with Ayn Rand. I asked Branden why he had to revise the book. He told me that he had made mistakes as to details, and that others had corrected him. He felt the need to make those corrections. I found out later that many of the corrections had come from Barbara Branden.

Recent Comments:
Correction: Authors of emails not known — by 0 on Mon, 2008-01-14 10:56
'masks', Disorders...and gossip — by Rowlf on Fri, 2006-04-21 08:02
Sub-personalities — by eg on Thu, 2006-04-20 23:49

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If you love cars you are up against a global conspiracy to destroy your spirit. You must rebel.

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 13:13

Jeremy Clarkson, host of "Top Gear", socks it to the current culture of enviro-"mentalism".

http://driving.timesonline.co....

Recent Comments:
Top Gear's Top Man — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 22:49
I adore Clarkeson — by Sandi on Thu, 2006-04-13 02:41
Thanks Tim — by Marcus on Wed, 2006-04-12 22:15

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Greetings All

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Submitted by Sandi on Wed, 2006-04-12 03:07

I apologise for posting prior to saying "Hello".

This wonderful site is just so full of great stuff, and it is taking me some time to learn how to navigate around it all.

Anyhow, here is me, from New Zealand and I really look forward to some wonderful discussions, debate and indeed to be able to poke a bit of fun into the orrifice of the great global village - now and then.

Sandi

Recent Comments:
Yes, I am of good Scots — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-04-17 04:37
Sorry Ross — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-04-16 12:42
Kenny, directly above my — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-04-15 23:19

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Self-Love as a Prime Mover

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Submitted by Dan Edge on Wed, 2006-04-12 00:25

SELF-LOVE AS A PRIME MOVER
or
WHY I ROOT FOR THE CAROLINA PANTHERS

I love my life. And I don't just mean life in general, but my life in particular. I love my name, the particulars of my body, my voice, I love the fact that I'm a man, my taste in music, my hometown, my local football team, pretty much everything that makes me distinctly who I am. I would not want to trade my face with anyone, even someone better looking than me. I love my consciousness, and my body's particular physical manifestation in reality.

All of these distinguishing characteristics are morally neutral. It is no more ethical to be male or female, to root for the Panthers or the Redskins, to have green eyes or brown eyes, to be from Greenville, SC or somewhere else. One may ask: On what basis can one value his particular distinguishing characteristics more highly than any other possible combination? There are no absolute standards of judgment in this morally optional realm. My simple answer: Self-love is a prime mover.

Recent Comments:
Football — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 20:50
Washington Capitals for me — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:28

Evil and Evil-doers

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 14:15

I believe in evil, you should too, here's why.

All our actions are goal-directed actions. Open the window because you want some fresh air. Go to work to earn some money. But what goal does fresh air and money achieve? Is there some final goal that all the little actions and little goals are a means to? Yes there is, and that's living. Living is an end in itself for us.

Recent Comments:
For sure — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:43
I, personally, am very much — by Andrew Bissell on Wed, 2006-04-12 07:20

Immigration Plus Welfare State Equal Police State

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Submitted by George Reisman on Tue, 2006-04-11 12:20

Illegal immigrants are overwhelming the resources of the Welfare State: government–funded hospital emergency rooms are filled with them; public schools are filled with their children. On the basis of such complaints, many people are angry and want to close the border to new illegal immigrants and deport those who are already here.

They want to keep new illegal immigrants out with fences along the border. It is not clear whether the fences would contain intermittent watchtowers with searchlights and machine guns. The illegal immigrants who are already here would be ferreted out by threatening anyone who employed them with severe penalties and making it a criminal offense not to report them.

Recent Comments:
I agree — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 21:02

Site maintenance

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-11 07:41

We will be performing some site maintenance tonight, changing a few settings so we can gather performance statistics, which in turn will enable us to improve the performance of the site and keep our hosting company happy. These changes should have no effect on the appearance, functionality or performance of the site.

If you do notice any odd behaviour, please email us with details, or post a comment to this thread.


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Come on, TOCians! :-)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-04-11 05:30

Getting KASS commentary out of you may be blood-out-of-stone territory, but at least LEARN TO SPELL!

My attention has been drawn to your updated Links. My spelling corrections and other helpful suggestions are in square brackets:

_______________________________

The Cato Institute -- The primier libertarian think tank. [That's "prEmier," darlings!]

Institute for Justice -- An activist group that goes to court to defend individual liberty.

Competitive Enterprise Institute -- Free-market activists who focus on regulations and environmental policy.

The Bidinotto Blog -- Run by The New Individualist editor Robert Bidinotto. [Objectivism's primier guttersnipe-buster! Wheeeee!]

Recent Comments:
SOLO conference suggestion — by Kenny on Thu, 2006-04-13 13:37
Blimey! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-04-12 16:08
Revisions to Links — by James Heaps-Nelson on Wed, 2006-04-12 15:08

Schools of Economics

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 03:46

I think most bloggers know there are many schools of politics. These we like to place on "the political spectrum." (recent writings on my reguard for the utility of that here)

Most everybody knows there are different schools of theology, from Buddhism to Christianity to Wicca. Many people know there are different schools of dance, different schools of psychology, of philosophy, of music, of physics. But did you know there were different schools of economics? It is so.

Recent Comments:
Fair call — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 22:56
Yes — by Kenny on Tue, 2006-04-11 18:02
Re-education — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 08:51

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My mother is not Evil

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-04-11 00:16

My Mother is a good woman, and I love her very much. She is one of the best and nicest people I know. She is for the most part rational, very intelligent, benevolent, possessed of incredible strength of conviction, and she's a great parent, too.

She is also an environmentalist.

Recent Comments:
Oh yes she is — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2006-04-12 22:39
Duncan — by Lanza Morio on Wed, 2006-04-12 19:41
Who we're referring to — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 03:05

Death to hate speech

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Mon, 2006-04-10 04:27

Perigio makes bedfellows-- Click to enlarge

Recent Comments:
Updated this image from — by Rick Giles on Wed, 2007-06-06 08:30
That's better — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2007-02-23 12:07
The rights of man — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-04-23 10:01

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The coming strike on Iran

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Submitted by Pete L on Mon, 2006-04-10 03:43

For those who follow the rublings of the Pentagon, and the recent public statements of neoconservative officials and pundits, it is well known by now that the critical mass is gathering to carry out a military strike against Iran. The lessons of the American experience in Iraq seem to have to eliminated the scenario of carrying out a full scale ground invasion and subsequent occupation (especially when you consider that Iran is three times the size of Iraq in both size and population). Instead, air strikes on suspected nuke sites and other strategic assetts seems to the modus operandi put forth. Regime change, while desirable, seems more likely to come about by arming dissident groups (similar to what happened in Afghanistan).

Recent Comments:
Pete... — by jtgagnon on Mon, 2006-04-17 04:53
I'm back now... — by Pete L on Mon, 2006-04-17 01:08
Sandi & jtgagnon, I'm — by Pete L on Fri, 2006-04-14 04:04

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A reminder that we're still at war with barbarism

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-04-09 20:44

Death to Marxism! Death to Fascism! Death to Islam! Death to all forms of tyranny over the minds of men! And shame on those who would appease or apologise for the evils these disgusting and barbarous ideas represent.

"All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for cowards to appease it - and Islam is the locus of evil in the contemporary world." If that statement from The Free Radical's Lindsay Perigo is not true, then the death and destruction of September 11 did not happen; then Theo van Gogh was not murdered; then the Danish cartoonists are not in hiding in fear of their lives; then hordes of stone-age barbarians did not take to the streets in reaction against those cartoons to say "Europe, you will have your own Holocaust soon," "Behead those who would insult Islam" and "God Bless Hitler"; then Bali, Madrid and London were not bombed by maggots who show those threats need to be taken very seriously indeed.

It's still not clear to some people that war was declared in the name of Islam some five years ago by representatives from the dark ages who hate the West for its wealth, for its happiness and for its material success. This post is yet another reminder for those people.

Recent Comments:
I'm all ears — by Rick Giles on Sun, 2006-04-16 04:20
Spoon Feeding, Rick Giles — by Wayne Simmons on Sat, 2006-04-15 18:27
Muslims from your "Muslims" — by Rick Giles on Sat, 2006-04-15 03:10

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