Neo-Nazi teenage pop music California girls

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-05-26 03:35
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Gangs — by Rick Giles on Mon, 2007-04-16 23:55
If you are going to be a — by User hidden on Sun, 2007-04-08 22:12
This California Girl — by thewingmaker on Sun, 2007-04-08 19:59

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Phil's Plan for World Conquest

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Submitted by PhilipC on Fri, 2006-05-26 03:14

Fred Weiss asked on the "interesting" thread: If I'm dissatisfied with the spread of Ob jectivism, "what do you suggest, what would you have done differently, and what would you do differently now?" I have a great number of ideas on this subject, but will hold off on giving them in enormous detail until I've finished my defending Chris/bashing Diana thread & also I will be doing a lot of finishing up lecture prep for the next month or so.

Recent Comments:
Michael — by Penelope on Tue, 2006-06-13 05:35
Oh Phil!! — by Michael Moeller on Tue, 2006-06-13 05:24
Now you're gonna pout? — by Fred Weiss on Mon, 2006-06-12 14:09

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Thoughts on Suicide

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Submitted by Sandi on Fri, 2006-05-26 00:13

I have been asked by a few members how I came about finding Solo Passion. Its a good question, because before finding Solo, I had no idea who Ayn Rand was and more importantly, her philosophy. Having found no particular philosophy which I could truly identify with, I have always been a dissident towards religion, spirituality and the majority of my opinions seem to always put me in a minority. My only true passion above and beyond all, is "freedom".

Recent Comments:
Suicide — by eg on Thu, 2006-06-08 01:32
Unacceptable — by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-06-08 00:04
Pete — by Penelope on Tue, 2006-06-06 20:07

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Musical Quotations

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-05-25 17:03

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"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do."
--Elvis Costello

" Without music, life would be a mistake."
--Friedrich Nietzsche

"MUSIC is the shorthand of emotion."
--Leo Tolstoy

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."
--Frank Zappa

"Music that does not SURGE is not great music."
--Carl Ruggles

"Music is the silence between the notes."
--Claude Debussy

"When the music of a state changes, the constitution will change too."

"It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites-opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties.

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Musical Etymology

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-05-25 17:02

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Glossary of Musical Terms

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-05-25 17:00

Key terms to know for discussion on SOLO music. A complete list can be found here. 

Recent Comments:
Newberry actually explained this to me — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-05-26 00:49
Surely, he's jesting? I've — by Duncan Bayne on Fri, 2006-05-26 00:42
Nope, of course not, just — by JoeM on Fri, 2006-05-26 00:02

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Mark Inglis

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Submitted by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-05-25 09:42

The story broke this week that Kiwi adventurer Mark Inglis passed by a dying man during his Mt Everest assent. The domestic debate must have been delt with soundly because the Kiwi blogosphere has been really quiet about the whole thing.

Here in Australia the TV and radio media are mispronouncing Inglis' [sounds like 'tingles'] name as if it were 'English' without the 'h.' This is annoying. It's also annoying that all the DJs are making fun of Inglis as a lowlife who refused to do for this man what was done for him when Inglis was rescued from a similer situation 25yrs ago. Grossly unfair to Mark Inglis!

Recent Comments:
Sorry ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2006-05-27 06:17
Hero — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2006-05-26 04:06
Only in NZ, Land of The Long — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-05-26 02:57

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Platonic Competition, Pt 2

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Submitted by George Reisman on Thu, 2006-05-25 00:15

(This essay originally appeared in Ayn Rand’s The Objectivist, vol. 7, nos. 8 and 9, August and September, 1968.)

The doctrine of “pure and perfect competition” marks the almost total severance of economic thought from reality. It is the dead end of the attempt to defend capitalism on a collectivist base.

Ironically, that attempt took hold in economics in the late nineteenth century (and has been gaining influence ever since) through the efforts of Victorian economists to refute the theories of Karl Marx on the subject of value and price. The rationing theory of prices was advanced as the alternative to the Marxian labor theory of value. The irony is that the “pure and perfect competition” doctrine is to the left of Marxism.

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Invitation to Dinner with Linz in California, July 6th!

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Submitted by Casey on Wed, 2006-05-24 23:15

Hey all, After the booksigning and Linz's speech at Borders in Orange, California, ends at 8:00 p.m. there will be a gang of us heading out to dinner to celebrate. Anyone in the area who wants to come along, please email me through my SOLO email and I will add another head to the count for reservations.

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Next-to-last call for reservations! — by Casey on Fri, 2006-06-16 06:17
This thread — by eg on Sat, 2006-06-03 18:05
Is that a sword fish I smell — by Adam Buker on Sat, 2006-06-03 16:51

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-24 20:46

A while back, a poster here commented that what he likes about the metal genre is that it has a sense of drive & purpose - and I agree wholeheartedly.

However, I've been listening to more classical music lately, and find that some of it has exactly the same drive & purpose (I'm imagining Lindsay roaring indignantly at his monitor, OF COURSE IT DOES! - so I'm a slow learner in some respects).

Recent Comments:
Sometimes it's in the nature — by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-06-04 23:16
Kind Hearts don't grab any glory... — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-06-04 01:59
Rand, Defiance, and Metal — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-06-04 01:42

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Submitted by Adam Buker on Wed, 2006-05-24 19:26

I put up a poll on RoR asking how many people had read Valliant's Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics. The choices available for response were as follows:
1) Yes
2) No
3) I refuse to.
4) I haven't yet, but I plan on it.
5) I simply don't care.

At the time of this posting, roughly 65% have not read the book, 27% presumably will not read it. 21% haven't gotten around to reading it. Only 29 people have voted at this time.

Recent Comments:
"Ze Weiss Squad". Is this — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-05-27 23:59
Also, I don't know what — by Fred Weiss on Sat, 2006-05-27 22:30
> Will Wilkinson and Bryan — by PhilipC on Sat, 2006-05-27 16:39

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I'm looking for a good online digital music store ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-24 00:09

... and so far I'm not having a great deal of success. I'm looking to find a store which:

  1. Is legal & moral. Some legal services are only legal through loopholes, and don't actually pay the producers of the music; they are legal but immoral.
  2. Provides an platform agnostic format (e.g. MP3 or OGG) that will run on MS Windows and Linux, as well as non-DRM enabled MP3 players.
Recent Comments:
iTunes — by atlascott on Fri, 2006-05-26 01:49
And CCR too ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-24 03:43
Amusingly ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-24 03:33

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Theory of Concepts

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Submitted by atlascott on Tue, 2006-05-23 21:53

Does Objectivism hold that concepts exist separate and apart from the conceptualizer?  I am having some pretty interesting discussions with an advanced degreed former Philosophy professor and we are talking about the nature of concepts.  There is some bait and switch and package dealing--academic philosophers love this and I cant figure out if its because they like to show off, or because they do not want to be pinned down to a particular topic to make an honest attempt at clarity, but I try as I can to hold us to the point.  I have represented O'ism as comporting with my conclusion that while facts are metaphysically independant of a perceiver, concepts are merely fruits of a conciousness "conscious'ing"--being a conciousness--thinking, identifying. 

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Scott, ask the good Prof. if — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2006-05-24 05:33
Of course! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-05-24 01:20
I believe you are corrrect — by Greg Mullen on Tue, 2006-05-23 23:19

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Submitted by seddon on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:42

Ayn Rand Contra Human Nature
Greg S. Nyquist
New York, Writers Club Press
xi + 374 pp., bibliography, no index

Let me begin by announcing what a treat it was to read this work. The author, who is described on the back cover as a free lance writer, has a clear and engaging style that made this book a page turner for me. If fact, it has a narcotic quality about it. I keep turning the pages instead of thinking critically. It required a real effort to slow down and assess Nyquist’s logic and argumentation, especially in the face of his dripping sarcasm and repetitive name-calling. One must ignore those factors in order to assess this book on its merits, because he has enough arguments that prevent this book from degenerating into a mere screed.

Recent Comments:
Scherk — by James S. Valliant on Mon, 2008-01-07 01:47
Identify the problem[s], devise solution[s] . . . — by William Scott Scherk on Mon, 2008-01-07 01:30
Scherk — by James S. Valliant on Sun, 2008-01-06 22:26

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Personal Liberty & National Well-being

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Submitted by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-05-23 04:48

Gareth Morgan is a NZ investment advisor, world traveller and father to NZ's richest internet entrepreneur, 29 year-old Sam Morgan, who just sold his online auction company, TradeMe, for $700 million. Although Sam took the lion's share of $220 million, his father as a minor investor reaped a cool $47 million.

Gareth has undertaken a motorcycle trip through the back-blocks of America. Typical of many New Zealanders, he is taken with many aspects of US society but doesn't quite get the whole picture. This leads to some quite superficial and cliched commentary as part of a diary he's publishing during his journey.

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Small characters.

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Submitted by Landon Erp on Mon, 2006-05-22 23:02

It's been a while since this forum saw any traffic so I thought I'd shake it out and dust it off and see if I could draw any traffic with a question.

I'm working on a story with several characters who don't have very long within the story to make an impression (it is a murder mystery after all).

As I've spent time trying to wrack my brain trying to figure out scenes that get across exactly the character points I've wanted them to have developed and become known for I'm having a difficult time. But it is reminding me of a few characters and scenes from Atlas Shrugged.

Recent Comments:
Lots of good points — by Landon Erp on Thu, 2006-05-25 21:50
Somerset Maugham — by Phil Howison on Thu, 2006-05-25 12:33
The other reason that we — by Andrew Couper on Thu, 2006-05-25 07:21

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Individualism as Racism

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-05-22 01:21

I saw this on a Yahoo forum. Seattle Public Schools are including individualism as
a form of racism.

"Cultural Racism:
Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other”, different, less than, or render them invisible.

Recent Comments:
Old Hat — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-05-22 01:33

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I'm a Criminal

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Sun, 2006-05-21 22:15

Last weekend, I bought a couple of CDs, including The Seekers - A's B's & EP's. It's a great CD, and I enjoyed playing it on my stereo at home; it played flawlessly, and with surprising quality considering the age of some of the recordings.

Then, today, I tried to encode it in MP3 format, so I could listen to it on my MP3 player (an el-cheapo MegaStick 520, which is perfectly adequate for my requirements and comes with a name so masculine that any technical imperfections are easily overlooked).

Recent Comments:
Paragon of morality — by Rick Giles on Thu, 2006-05-25 13:33
> we all know how CD's work, — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-05-24 21:21
What I do — by atlascott on Wed, 2006-05-24 14:15

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Andy Garcia _The Lost City_

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Submitted by algernonsidney on Sun, 2006-05-21 13:40

This film is a labor of love for the Cuban-born Garcia.

"In a movie about the Cuban revolution, we almost never see any of
the working poor for whom the revolution was supposedly fought,"
sniffs Peter Reiner in The Christian Science Monitor. "'The Lost
City' misses historical complexity."

Actually, what's missing is Mr. Reiner's historical knowledge. Andy

Recent Comments:
Aye Ross Mi Amigo — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-05-23 05:57
Trust Marnee to come in with — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-05-23 05:31
Y Hay Mas — by Marnee on Tue, 2006-05-23 04:37

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Sprawl: A compact history

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:52

"Urban sprawl is one of the greatest enemies of good urban design," say some. I don't agree. As I've said here before, numerous times, urban sprawl is not your enemy. Sprawl is good -- good because it offers people living within a region choices in how they live, without the expensive barriers to entering the housing market that anti-sprawl regulation brings. Where zoning and planning regulations are nothing more than a windfall for existing owners, and a highly regressive form of taxation on those with lower incomes and wealth,

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Frank Gehry on film

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:47

Those who appreciate the architectural charlatan that is Frank Gehry -- known for screwing up bits of paper and telling his draughtsmen to turn the crumpled mess into a building (which he denies) -- will be interested in Sydney Pollacks' film tribute to the fraud. A trailer for the film can be seen here. The official site for the film is here. [Hat tip Butterpaper Australasia]

Recent Comments:
Anti-design like Gehry's — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2006-05-23 05:59

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Telstra Shrugs?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:47

Who said this, and about what: “Those who risk capital to earn returns shouldn't have to subsidise those that don't.”

If I told you that the subject of the comment was telecommunications, you might think it was a comment from a disgruntled Telecom-NZ shareholder. It wasn't. It was said by Telstra's chief executive Sol Trujillo who, eleven months into his job, is resisting 'unbundling' of his company's Australian broadband network and calling instead for deregulation.

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A cash prize for free market writers

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:45

Writers and journalists may enter their work for a US $10,000 prize -- writers and journalists that is, "whose published works promote the institutions of a free society: limited government, rule of law brokered by an independent judiciary, protection of private property, free markets, free speech, and sound science." So that's about four of you in New Zealand.

Recent Comments:
IPN — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-05-21 11:40

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Dutch Appeasers Reject Ali

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:43

In what seems to be the last straw for courageous Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch Immigration Minister has now revoked her passport, following which Ali has resigned her seat in parliament and suggested it's time to move to the States. US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said she's welcome any time. As Andrei says at the 'Sir Humphrey's' blog, "Holland's loss will be America's gain." Sure will.

Recent Comments:
Why not, indeed? — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2006-05-23 01:44
Why not open carry? That'd — by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-05-23 01:15
Appeasement and personal safety — by Craig Ceely on Mon, 2006-05-22 21:24

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:38

"Nigger!" That word signalled the success of the World War Two dam-busting operation, a great feat of arms immortalised in the classic film Dam Busters, and commemorated this week across Britain.

Recent Comments:
 BBC did edit this word — by Barry Jeenmaz on Fri, 2008-09-12 23:01
They could rename the dog — by Ross Elliot on Mon, 2006-05-22 00:57
PC BBC — by Kenny on Sun, 2006-05-21 11:21

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Cue Card Libertarianism - Laissez Faire

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2006-05-21 02:37

Laissez-faire: Literally, leave/let to make or do; denotes the policy of non-intervention by government in the economy, an obvious application of the libertarian non-initiation of force principle.

The term originates from the despotic reign of King Louis XIV who had grandiose ambitions for France and believed that only through the state could they be achieved. His chief adviser, Colbert, a 17th century French version of Sir Robert Muldoon or Jim Anderton, believed that he could manage and control his way to national prosperity and duly regulated everything in sight. Meeting one day with a group of industrialists, he asked them what more he could do for them. One of the industrialists, a man rejoicing in the name Legendre, replied: “Laissez-nous faire!” -- “Leave us alone!”

Recent Comments:
I understand Ayn — by 0 on Sat, 2011-10-22 22:29
Property rights — by 0 on Sat, 2011-10-22 01:06
Burnsy — by Kasper on Fri, 2011-10-21 22:23

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Question on Fountainhead passage regarding Architecture

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Submitted by JoeM on Sun, 2006-05-21 01:38

I have a duel question for Peter for the architecture forum and Adam Buker for the music forum (though if anyone else has an answer, please feel free). In the FOUNTAINHEAD, Rand has Roark say in the beginning to the Dean and Peter that he will not build in the style of others, that his work is not classical or Rococco, but Roark. He advises Peter that to go to the Beaux Arts would only result in designing Italian postcards, and is criticized by the Dean for turning in original work when assigned to design in traditional styles. Roark makes a point in stressing that he would learn the mechanics, but not how to build in the traditional styles.

Recent Comments:
I see a lot of that in rock music — by Landon Erp on Sun, 2006-05-21 22:35
Adam, I'm curious about — by JoeM on Sun, 2006-05-21 17:30
hmm.. — by Adam Buker on Sun, 2006-05-21 08:03

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New movie about Rachmaninoff

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Submitted by JulianP on Sat, 2006-05-20 08:48

I found this today, while reading the Wikipedia article on Sergei Rachmaninoff:

Bruce Beresford prepares Sergei Rachmaninoff's biopic

Monday, 13.Mar 2006 -
"Driving Miss Daisy" helmer Bruce Beresford has signed to direct "Rhapsody," a biopic of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff says Reuters.

Based on a true story as told through the eyes of Rachmaninoff's widow, the story will include never-before-revealed details about the secretive musician and the love triangle that inspired some of his greatest works at the time of the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia.

Recent Comments:
Bring it on! — by Olivia on Sun, 2006-05-21 00:55

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Spot the Newbie

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Submitted by MikeE on Sat, 2006-05-20 06:43


New Guy here... just saying hi then going into lurk mode.

Politically I'm a libertarian/classical liberal member of ACT.. didn't know about or understand objectivism untill recently (having been chatting to Rick and reading not PC since september) am just making my way through Atlas Shrugged and have Captialism - the Unknown ideal sitting on the coffee table.

So anyway, just saying hi and introducing myself out of courtesy.

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Good — by Rick Giles on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:58
Fellow Newbie — by 0 on Fri, 2007-04-27 09:53
Hey, I'm a newbie, too...and — by Victor Pross on Sun, 2006-06-04 04:13

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Catholic League Angry with Penn Jillette

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-05-18 20:26

I don't know if anybody saw this, but I missed it when it came around. And it was too funny not to post. Smiling

Here is a press release from The Catholic League:

April 12, 2006


On his April 5 CBS radio show, Penn Jillette commented on the rumor that Paris Hilton may play Mother Teresa in a movie. He said Mother Teresa "had this weird kink that I think was sexual" about seeing people suffer and die. He also said that "Paris Hilton is so far above Mother Teresa on the moral scale, she should not lower herself" to playing the saintly nun. After comparing Mother Teresa to Charles Manson, Jillette again said she "got her [sexual] kicks watching people suffer and die." He concluded by saying, "Paris Hilton. You're so much better than that. Don't take the gig. Keep making good wholesome porno films. Just do that. Do what you're cut out for. Don't lower yourself to playing Mother Teresa."

Recent Comments:
Rats are Wonderful Creatures, Adam — by Bill Tingley on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:38
It's the Zeitgeist, Fred — by Bill Tingley on Tue, 2006-05-23 17:33
Ways of helping the poor — by AdamReed on Tue, 2006-05-23 07:12

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