Gustav Mahler -- Who Likes Him?

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2006-02-13 00:58

My favorite composer (along with Brahms) is Mahler. Mahler took the symphonic medium to its limits and wrote some of the most glorious music of all time. Have the final passages of any piece of music ever matched the final minutes of Mahler's Symphony #2?

So if you do like Mahler, what is your favorite piece by him, and why?

- Jason

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Epistemology and Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by wngreen on Sun, 2006-02-12 02:57

I just finished "Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology" (skiped the Q&A for now) and I have to admit this was my first in depth presentation on epistemology. I have wondered what the consequences are on a field I have always found facinating: Artificial Intelligence. The pragmatic definition of AI has always been 'that which has not been pinned down by Computer Science', and so we started with the (flawed) turing test, Chess games (which brought us game theory),  pattern recognition (Optical Character Recognition (OCR), speach recognition, face recognition, biometrics), and computer modeling (weather prediction, nuclear modeling). I have wondered what consequences IOE has on the field of AI and the progress it has made. This led me to stumble accross some (older) papers on just this subject

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IOE & AI — by sjw on Sun, 2006-02-12 06:13

Freedom in Medicine

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-02-11 15:04

I have to admit that I got my hopes up. I saw a commercial that touted that medical care improves, patients recover faster, doctors operate better -- when more freedom is brought into medicine. I was dissapointed when I found out the commerical was for some 'Liberty' HMO in N. Virginia and not an ad advoicating less government in medicine. Why doesn't the industry stand up and say get out of the way?

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But Objective Reality Still Wins — by Bikemessenger on Sun, 2006-02-12 08:09
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More Sacriligeous Images of the Prophet Mohammad!!!

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:37
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Brit humour

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:01

Subject: Fw: British Humour

The train was quite crowded, so a U. S. Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat, but the only seat left was taken by a well dressed, middle-aged, French woman's poodle.

The war-weary Marine asked, "Ma'am, may I have that seat?"

The French woman just sniffed and said to no one in particular, "Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat."

The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat left was under that dog.

"Please, ma'am. May I sit down? I'm very tired."

She snorted, "Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!"

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Linz, I love it! Did you — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 22:14

parecon--have you heard of it?

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Submitted by dvo on Fri, 2006-02-10 13:38

Have you all heard of "parecon"? (Short for "participatory economics.") It seems to be a new variation on the idea of economic planning and socialism. The parecon homepage has a quote from Noam Chomsky endorsing it. Maybe it's catching on, because a friend of mine spontaneously told me about it a couple days ago.

Here are some quotes about it from Wikipedia:

"Promoters of participatory economics hold that it is inequitable, and also ineffective, to remunerate people on the basis of their birth or heredity, their property, or their innate intelligence. Therefore, participatory economics advocates as a primary principle reward for effort and sacrifice. Therefore someone who works in a mine — which is dangerous, uncomfortable, and confers no power whatsoever on the worker — would get a higher income than someone who works in an office the same time, thus allowing the miner to work less hours and the burden of highly dangerous and strenuous jobs to be shared among the populace."

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Rehashing Is'nt Out- running — by Bikemessenger on Sat, 2006-02-11 08:45
Used to it? — by Charles Henrikson on Sat, 2006-02-11 06:40
This is just disgusting. — by Landon Erp on Sat, 2006-02-11 01:38

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Two ARI Talks - Bernstein on Capitalism and Binswanger on Immigration - at USC

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Submitted by AdamReed on Fri, 2006-02-10 08:15

I recently received the following announcement from David Gulbraa of ARI:

We wanted to alert you about two upcoming free live events at USC in Los
Angeles.

University of Southern California
Friday, February 17, 2006
Global Capitalism: The Solution to World Oppression and Poverty
Dr. Andrew Bernstein
SGM (Seeley G. Mudd) 123
6:30 PM, Doors open at 6:00 PM
This event is FREE to the public.

Description:
Capitalism is the system of individual rights. The enormous success of
capitalism in Asia in the 20th century's second half, and the beginning of its
positive impact in contemporary Latin America add to the evidence accumulated in


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Daily Linz 26—Death to Hate Speech Laws!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 03:59

“It is not very inspiring to fight for the freedom of the purveyors of pornography or their customers. But in the transition to statism, every infringement of human rights has begun with the suppression of a given right’s least attractive practitioners. In this case, the disgusting nature of the practitioners makes it a good test of one’s loyalty to a principle.”

-—Ayn Rand, Censorship: Local and Express.

For “purveyors of pornography,” substitute “advocates of hate-killing.”

On Monday, I wrote “Death to Islam,” describing Islam as “murderous maggotry” and calling for a philosophical crusade by decent, rational men and women everywhere to shame it into oblivion.

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It is war — by Richard Wiig on Sun, 2006-05-07 19:26
Commanding the Armed Forces — by AdamReed on Mon, 2006-02-13 05:33
I agree that FISA was set up — by wngreen on Mon, 2006-02-13 02:21

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For Capitalists only: Capitalismgear.com is now online

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:52

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Sometimes, China does things the right way ...

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:31

The scenario: a man arms himself with two kitchen knives, and takes two children hostage, perched in a fifth-floor window.

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roger — by Wes on Fri, 2006-02-17 14:22
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What are the best books on Economics?

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Thu, 2006-02-09 21:34

In past economics discussions among Objectivists I've seen all manner of different opinions on the subject.   Usually the discussions break down without anyone coming to a clear idea about what the other person is trying to say.

  • A large population of Objectivists are supporters of this or that variant of Austrianism.  Many learned their economics from Hazlitt or Mises.  Some are Rothbardians and others got their economics from reading Hayek.  Some of the younger Objectivists got their economics education from Reisman.  
  • I have seen several Chicagoites among Objectivists quoting people like Friedman or Sowell. 
  • I have even seen a fair number of (gasp!) Keynesians among Objectivists who probably got their education on the subject from university courses.

Because of these differences I've found that discussions can be difficult even among hardcore capitalists like Objectivists because of the differing methodologies, epistemologies and terminology utilized by their teachers.  So instead of arguing about theory we can start out by arguing about who the best teachers are.   Here are the books that I think are the best :

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Re: Marx — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 02:20
Re: Marx, — by Chris Cathcart on Tue, 2006-04-11 01:22
The value of — by Rick Giles on Tue, 2006-04-11 00:01

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Yahoo implicated in the arrest of two Chinese dissidents

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Submitted by James Heaps-Nelson on Thu, 2006-02-09 15:23

Yahoo has now been implicated in the arrest of two Chinese dissidents. The craven nature of this collaboration is appalling. One wonders if Yahoo founder Jerry Yang wouldn't have rather lived under Mao than here in America. The hypocrisy is utterly breathtaking.

http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/0...

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Incredible — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-09 18:53
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Daily Linz 25—SOLO, TOC ... and KASS!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 03:19

Note from Linz—Yes, I'm cheating. This is a reprise. I thought with all the discussion raging here about PARC, ARI, TOC, SOLO, the Brandens, etc., and the TOC Summer Seminar coming up, with me among the presenters, it would be timely to re-run this. It's reprinted exactly as it orginally appeared—no ARI-type airbrushing! Smiling

I have just returned to New Zealand from The Objectivist Center's Summer Seminar in Vancouver. I am feeling the blues that must inevitably accompany a return to the world of nihilism from one of exuberant rationality. Yes, "exuberant"! Yes, TOC! Just as you, dear reader, thought you'd never see me saying that, so too did I never think I'd be writing it. Fact is, the Seminar was a blast.

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Kassless — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 18:24
Thanks for the thanks! :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 17:41
TOC, SOLO and KASS — by James Heaps-Nelson on Fri, 2006-02-10 15:15

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Why another blog?

Submitted by wngreen on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:41

Don’t be deceived by the title: this isn’t meant to convince you why you should read another blog. I am trying to record my reasons for starting another one. I have haphazardly kept a livejounral since early college but I never really examined why. Ever since I noticed the ‘my blog’ link I’ve thought that this would be an experience I could get something out of in a community that fits my values. Linz’s article “Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!” made me stop and think for a while about examining my life and integrating a value driven lifestyle throughout it. So back to the question, why write another blog? I want to list the reasons right now, at the beginning so I can hold myself accountable.

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Great, William! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 19:22

I SUPPORT DENMARK in its struggle for the freedom of speech

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Submitted by AdamReed on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:31
I SUPPORT DENMARK in its struggle for the freedom of speech

I was about to add the "I Support Denmark" poster/image to my personal blog - but I would rather see it closer to the masthead.

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Perhaps this should actually go on the front page ... — by Duncan Bayne on Thu, 2006-02-09 23:23

Cartoons, and the Forum of Ideas

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Submitted by Alex Sagan on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:26

Cartoons:

Aren't they great? I especially like how the Road Runner outwits Wile E. Coyote each time, not matter what force Mr. Coyote employs...perhaps, if instead of bird-seed as bait, he could leave a letter explaining his views on said Runner, which Mr. Runner would read: they could then get together and have a lively discussion on the behavioral interactions of predators/prey.

Okay, we know what cartoons I'm talking about. But it really isn't all that different from the good old days (though this point is contentious) of Looney Tunes. It's starting to look mighty 'Looney Tunes' out there, if you ask me. And, since this is a blog, you don't have to, I'll just say what I please. Comment: free speech = good, though usually not easy; violence = bad, and usually extremely easy.

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Cartoons are great...and so is free speech... — by jtgagnon on Thu, 2006-02-09 04:53

Beyond Emotion: The Cognitive Theory of Music

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Submitted by JoeM on Thu, 2006-02-09 02:17

BEYOND EMOTION: THE COGNITIVE THEORY OF MUSIC
INTRODUCTION

By Joseph C. Maurone

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UK Libz on Free Speech

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 23:52

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Wednesday 8th February 2006
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@libertarian.co.uk

For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/n...

ABU HAMZA CONVICTION "A DEFEAT FOR FREE SPEECH", SAYS FREE MARKET
AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK

The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil
liberties institute, today condemns the conviction of Abu Hamza
al-Masri, of 11 charges of soliciting murder and of stirring up

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New Day, New Lesson

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Submitted by Alex Sagan on Wed, 2006-02-08 23:00

I am very vigilant when it comes to trying to extract as much information out of every experience that I have. Each day that is somewhat like the last still bears fruit, usually in more-than-manageable quantities.

However, I have only recently undergone some very large changes in my life; ending a relationship with a man who claimed to stand for an Objective viewpoint but lived his life in an entirely different manner (it took me a while to understand this, and I hope that I recall my past ignorance should the same situation rear its head in the future); beginning my graduate career in a field that takes my breath away with its magnificence, wonder, beauty and truth---mathematics (spec. mathematical physics).

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Welcome aboard, Abigail! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-09 00:42

Man vs Tree

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Submitted by Jameson on Wed, 2006-02-08 21:10

This whole George Bernard Shaw incident has exposed the worms gnawing into the pillars of life, liberty and private property.

When a man spends his life in work, converting his time and labour into material wealth, and the community declares that material to have cultural significance, the community appropriates his material, labour, time and ultimately part of his life.

That my community has deemed a tree's right to life to be more important than my own confirms the worst: this country has gone to the logs.

Glenn Jameson
Northcote Point


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Bert and Osama?

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Submitted by Marty on Wed, 2006-02-08 07:15
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yep — by Adam Buker on Fri, 2006-02-10 08:09

Johansson and Knightley Naked on the cover of Vanity Fair

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Submitted by Robert on Wed, 2006-02-08 04:43

Oh boy! I think I need a cold shower!

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I agree. — by stormyeyes on Sat, 2006-02-18 23:57
Alas, I'll never travel again... — by Jody Gomez on Thu, 2006-02-16 04:06
Pride and Prejudice is a — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:38

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Daily Linz 24 - It's the Integration, Stoopid!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:52

“A concept is a mental integration of two or more units possessing the same distinguishing characteristic(Drunk, with their particular measurements omitted.”

–—Ayn Rand, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology

Somewhere in his prodigious output Leonard Peikoff tells a hypothetical story that is highly instructive. From memory, it goes like this: A group of men sit around and discuss whether it would be moral to rob a bank. The discussion rapidly degenerates into competing suggestions as to which bank might be the most practical to rob—which offers the most loot, the most lax security, the quickest escape route, etc.. The issue of whether they should or should not rob a bank becomes an issue of “Which bank are we talking about?” No one speaks up to say, “Wait a minute! We shouldn’t even be having this discussion. Robbing any bank would be wrong! It would represent the taking of other people’s property, without their permission, by force—force initiated by us. Initiating force is always wrong, if human life is our standard of right and wrong.” To say such a thing would require an ability to derive abstract principles from concrete life experiences and repair to those principles in evaluating possible future actions. It would require the identification of the same distinguishing characteristic in all the proposed robberies—initiated force—and their integration into the concept “wrong,” with a few narrower integrations along the way. Alas, people generally just don’t think that way any more. They don’t think in principles; they don’t integrate—the point of Peikoff’s story.

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Beyond The Glory

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Submitted by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:41

I was watching FoxSports' "Beyond The Glory" tonight and saw one of their 5 part series on sex in sports. They were talking about homosexuality in sports, and then specifically the NFL. I didn't really watch it all, and I can't get the video to work on my computer, but here's a link:

http://msn.foxsports.com/story...

It was interesting because they mentioned an NFL player who came out as gay in a magazine article in the mid-70's, and I think he came out after he retired although I am not positive. He said he thought he was opening a door for others, but apparently not because I don't think it has happened since. In the next segment NFL players were interviewed and gave many reasons that there won't be any openly gay active players in the NFL, including various sorts of peer discomfort and discord which would affect the "teamness" of the team.

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One country. One law. One constitution.

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:29

Another Waitangi Day in New Zealand and (no doubt) another set of protests and claims for more legal privilege. Another Waitangi Day in which the the usual parade of politicians and protestors confront and avoid each other, and the professional grievance industry discuss and issue their demands for the taxpayer to give even more -- (for those interested in such things, this year's fashionable demand seems to be for a separatist Maori General Assembly.)

Frankly, we don't need another taxpaid gravy train or another grievance industry or yet another charter for separatism or a forum in which to demand it; we simply need good law.

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Very good — by David Bertelsen on Thu, 2006-02-09 06:40

Left and right and other nonsense

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:27

I've tried telling you lot I'm neither left nor right (though you continue to put me on the 'Right' on your blogrolls). I've tried telling you that libertarians are neither Right nor Left, but 'North' (but I still hear people calling libertarians "extreme right"). And I've tried pointing out that your traditional Left-Right spectrum is simplistic and one-dimensional and blurs too many important distinctions to be worth a pinch of shite, as compared to the diamond-shaped 'Nolan' spectrum that has real depth, and great descriptive power. (See for example here, here and here, and that picture of NZ's political spectrum over there on the, ahem, right.)

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U2? — by Bikemessenger on Wed, 2006-02-08 09:21

Liberty lost out in Costa Rica

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-08 01:23

I mentioned the Costa Rican elections on my main blog last week, and you might be wondering how the Costa Rican 'Libertarians' got on. Former Moviemento Libertaro activist Jorge has the news, and plenty of criticism. The MLs went soft in a bid for power over principle ... and the bid failed, and with it went the principles:

[Party leader and Presidential candidate Otto] Guevara and his group expelled the hard core libertarians, or as he called them “radicals”, from the party, saying that they were responsible for the impeding the growth of the party. He said that by becoming “moderate” they would move closer to the Costa Rican people, thereby gaining many more votes.


Cartoons and the Negation of Reason

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Submitted by jtgagnon on Tue, 2006-02-07 20:01

“Faith … is the negation of reason.” (Playboy's Interview with Ayn Rand," Playboy, March 1964)

In September 2005, a Danish newspaper published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. It caused great insult to Muslim communities in Denmark because it is against Islam to portray the Prophet Muhammad. In an effort to “internationalize the issue” Abu Laban, a Palestinian and former assistant to Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy, formed a delegation to meet with the Arab League, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam’s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi.

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Thanks — by jtgagnon on Fri, 2006-02-17 18:26
Great post. Great thread. — by Fraser Stephen-Smith on Fri, 2006-02-17 14:53
Attn Mr. Gagnon! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2006-02-16 21:47

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Angry photos

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Submitted by Charles Henrikson on Tue, 2006-02-07 16:55

(Due to some of the discource going on in some of the threads on SOLO) I am reading these obviously hostile/agressive/angry posts, but there is a smiling-happy-person's picture of the person sending it. Perhaps we could have a few pictures that we could choose from while making a post: a happy picture, a jesting picture and an angry picture...or something akin to smiley icons? just a thought.

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I was pissed when this pic was taken. — by Landon Erp on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:45
I have a mean looking face on ROR — by Jason Quintana on Fri, 2006-02-10 01:16
Outrageous! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-10 00:55

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The first Brokeback Mountain cartoons

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-07 08:20

Lindsay sent these to me a few days ago ... in addition to being hilarious, they're also responsible for the "Post gay cowboy cartoons to SOLOPassion" entry in my scheduler Smiling

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'Toons (no, not Mo-ham's) — by Rowlf on Tue, 2006-02-07 19:44

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