God's Original Plan for Humanity

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Submitted by Ergo on Fri, 2006-02-17 18:55

From: http://ergosum.blogspot.com/20...

Assume that the Genesis story in the Bible is true.
Therefore, God exists.

God created man in His image.
Then he created woman out of man.
Strangely, however, God commanded Adam and Eve to not eat the fruits of the tree of life and knowledge.
In other words, God made man and woman in His image except for the knowledge and immortal life part. So, “His image” is quite questionable as to what it means.
It is said in the book of Genesis that before eating of the forbidden fruit, man had no concept of sin or wrong or evil. It was after having eaten the fruit from the “Serpent” that sin entered into the world. Sin implies immorality – which also implies a possibility of morality.

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

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Submitted by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:53

A picture is worth a thousand words

Photo shot Feb 15th (I think) in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Hat tips:
http://kolthoff.blogspot.com and N-TV.de: URL=http://www.n-tv.de/634520.html.

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Landon, here comes Pigman, striking terror against Jihad..... — by Bosch Fawstin on Sun, 2007-08-05 05:18
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Some Levity About Cheney's "Hunting" Accident

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Fri, 2006-02-17 05:01

Amid all of the media and liberal hysteria, I thought this quote of the day was just so funny I had to it pass on:

"I'D STILL RATHER HUNT WITH CHENEY THAN RIDE WITH A KENNEDY."

BTW: For those people who don't know what a quail is (the bird that Cheney & friends were hunting, when the veep pulled the trigger and shot his buddy in the face), it is a helpless little bird found in the great American Southwest, that lives under bushes, doesn't fly (except in short bursts) and is typically marked with an oh-so-cute little plume on the top of their heads. Quails hatch their young, which then follow the hen around in a little line (kind of like ducklings). As helpless little creatures, they are easy to find, shoot & kill...Much easier than bin Laden! PLUS, they taste GREAT BBQ'd and served with corn and beer! Really, though, to "hunt" quail is a misnomer, as you can generally his them with a good wrist-rocket!

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Depends on when you're shooting — by Wes on Fri, 2006-02-17 17:47
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Don't get hooptedoodle mixed up with your story

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:38

Heard the one about the doctor, the hooker and the libertarian?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2006-02-16 23:34

Heard the one about the doctor who's opening a brothel 'cos he's sick of the health bureacracy pushing him around?

A certain Dr McGrath spoke up for the doctor a week or so ago, and last night at a packed public meeting in Mangonui Julian Pistorius put in a word or two for the hookers -- or at least the erstwhile Dr Benson's freedom to hire them. (Apparently Sue Bradford, a strong promoter of the Prostitution Reform Act was "very sympathetic," but alas apparently washing her hair last night and unable to attend).


Activism: Dr Neil Benson's Brothel

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Submitted by JulianP on Thu, 2006-02-16 22:53

Last night, as the Far North representative for Libertarianz, I attended a public meeting in Mangonui. For those who don't know, Dr Neil Benson, Cooper's Beach GP, is setting up a brothel in his medical rooms. I went to support his right do to so.


(Dr Neil Benson, photo courtesy of NZ Herald)

The meeting was organised by The Doubtless Bay Christian Centre, and was addressed by Scott McMurray, former communications director of Maxim Institute.

The NZPC (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective) only heard about the meeting late yesterday, and contacted Dr Richard McGrath, Libertarianz health spokesman, for assistance. They must have read his press release in support of Dr Benson:

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Aw, shucks you guys! — by JulianP on Fri, 2006-02-17 19:51
Hear, hear! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2006-02-17 04:45
Well done that man! — by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-17 03:36

Linz Bows Out Of TOC Summer Seminar

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:26

I have just now sent the following note to Ed Hudgins and Will Thomas, after receiving e-mails from them complaining that I had insulted TOC in my recent post here, quoted below at the end of my note.

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Kenny ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-20 18:41
Thank you — by sjw on Mon, 2006-02-20 16:53
Barbara Branden comments on PARC!! — by Kenny on Mon, 2006-02-20 12:52

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Do you have a people?

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:16

Some people define themselves by what they call 'their people.' Do you have a people? 'Professional Maori' Willie Jackson says he's spent his life looking out for "his people" -- when resigning as a Labour MP Tariana Turia declared "it came down to a question of integrity and I had to act for my people" -- her present Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said in his maiden speech to parliament that "the hurt to my people" in being called "haters and wreckers" by [Prime Minister] Helen Clark was "very deep."

So Willie, Tariana and Pita seem to think they have 'a people,' and they're basing it on their race. They are making a virtue of their skin colour, about which they have no choice, but because of which they demand special 'race-based' favours. Such is the mistaken value of ethnicity:


ETHNICITY: The elevating of one’s racial identity and associated cultural traditions to a position of supreme importance – a racist version of collectivism, under-pinned by post-modernism in philosophy, and still very fashionable in academia.

How about you then? Do you have 'a people'? If so, on what basis do you decide who that 'people' is. Think about it for a minute, and while you do, let me ask you a question and offer you a proposition.

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— by Ciro D Agostino on Thu, 2006-02-16 01:13

Some cultures deserved to die out

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:11

Not every culture is worth saving or preserving. There are some cultures that deserved to die out -- the Maya were just one, and on this as so much else Jared Diamond's book Collapse has it wrong again. As a tragic loss, they weren't, and Roger Sandall is right on the money. "I don’t care if the Maya civilization did collapse," says Sandall. "I don’t think we should shed a single retrospective tear":


When Passive Verbs Attack

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Wed, 2006-02-15 02:09

What's a passive verb? It's a way of writing that removes from what is written both writer and passion. Compare for example: 'You cannot do this' (active) with 'This cannot be done' (passive). Passive verbs are used to soften the sense of a phrase, and too often to camouflage an opinion as being the writer's own. It's a way of speaking for the speechless without appearing to.

Why does this matter? Well, how many times do you hear these phrases used like a stop sign:

It is considered that...

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About your Verbally-Abusive article... — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:43
The article is misguided. — by tdh on Thu, 2006-02-16 19:55
Shane Jones — by Phil Howison on Thu, 2006-02-16 12:49

71 Million Murderous Muslims

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Submitted by Duncan Bayne on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:06

[... with apologies to Captain Haddock, from whose lips the above might well have sprung]

I think David Farrar has made a slight error in his estimate, in that he's confusing total population levels with adult population levels. So I put my estimate, based on his figures, at around 71 million.

That's still 71 million too many.

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Statistics, anyone? — by Rowlf on Wed, 2006-04-12 02:50
Blood Feud — by Senator Willcox L. CO on Wed, 2006-02-15 23:14
Interesting ... — by Duncan Bayne on Wed, 2006-02-15 22:00

No Blood For Oil!

Submitted by wngreen on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:04

Check out this story about socalist dictator/thug Hugo Chavez and socialist representative/thug-wanna-be Bernard Sanders have made a deal to sell Venezuelan oil to 'low-income' Vermonters at a 40 percent discount, with an additional 108,000 gallons going to homeless shelters for free. Where is Ragnar Danneskjöld when you need him?


Technical Analysis (Investing)

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Submitted by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-14 19:21

I have never understood the draw of technical analysis. Making investment decisions based upon this or this or trend or indicator doesn't strike me as a prudent investment method. In fact, I wouldn't call it investment at all. I would call it speculation. I also think that day trading is silly. Does anyone out there employ these techniques and do you believe that they actually work?

- Jason

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Technical Analysis — by Sam Erica on Sat, 2006-03-18 17:25
Investment Strategies (Part B) — by Ashley Chan on Sat, 2006-03-18 08:12
Investment Strategies (Part A) — by Ashley Chan on Sat, 2006-03-18 08:10

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Lennox on Axioms

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Submitted by seddon on Tue, 2006-02-14 15:16

In this article I would like to raise five points about Jim Lennox’s paper, “Ayn Rand as Aristotelian: Axioms and their Validation,” which he delivered at the American Philosophical Association meeting in New York City on Dec. 29, 2005.

1. THE NECESSITY OF AXIOMS: On p. 3 of his paper Lennox quotes Rand approvingly, (All four speakers ALWAYS quote Rand approvingly) “But what will come out of this is an arrangement of the whole in a logical system, proceeding from a few axioms in a succession of logical theorems. The axioms will be necessary—even mathematics has them—[because sic.] you can’t build something on nothing. . . .(Harriman 1997, 72) Lennox then gives the “you can’t get something from nothing” argument. You need axioms because you can’t get something from nothing. But he gives no argument for identifying the “something” as “axioms.” He also gives no argument for equating a non-axiomatic foundation with nothing.


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A Valentine's Day poem

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Submitted by Casey on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:24

For guys for their gals today, and for all you gals reading this...

HER

If gathering all Desire’s flowers,
And blending them all with mystical powers
And honey and ivory and rubies and milk
And gold and berries and music and silk
And the airy sigh of the waterfall
And the liquid shimmer of nightfall
And the birdsong in spring forests
And the phosphor of phosphorous
And with extra angels leavened
The potent tears of storming heavens
And diamonds, pearls, perhaps a mink fur
Could make one replica of her —
What a shy price would be squandered
For the prize Pygmalion pondered.

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Claudia, — by Casey on Fri, 2006-06-16 02:00
Thankyou — by Olivia on Fri, 2006-06-16 01:54
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The inevitable first blog post

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Submitted by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:39

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. I get quite a bit of enjoyment reading my friend's blogs, and I *love* hearing myself talk, so it was only natural that eventually I'd start one of my own, especially once I was handed an audience of fellow travelers to marvel at my own online navel-gazing.

So, here goes.

Throwing parties is a new hobby of mine, so this past Friday, in my cramped little university apartment, my roommate and I put away all our furniture and various geegaws that were lying around, hung a mirror ball and a Vertigo light (which shoots out colored beams to the beat of music that is playing) from our ceiling, and put on a full-blown retro-70s disco party. It was a blast, and, despite the simultaneous presence of two handles of tequila, two liters of vodka, and two dozen college students, nothing (and nobody) wound up broken, stained, or poisoned. I attached a little picture of the festivities.

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Jesus, Deputy! — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 09:01

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT THOUGHTS

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Submitted by CapitalismGear.com on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:29

Ah yes, it's that time again...The last minute rush to buy flowers, chocolate and other assundry things for that someone special in our life...

Here's a CAPITAL idea for everyone who loves capitalism and the free market:

Buy a stock (or 10) in a company that you value.

Who knows? If you choose wisely, your gift may appreciate in value...

Although my other-half may disagree, it sure beats the heck out of roses that are going to be dead in three days anyway!

Good shopping to you!

peter@capitalismgear.com


Rand and "Black Hate Radio"

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Submitted by JoeM on Tue, 2006-02-14 00:22

http://www.citypaper.net/artic...

Philadelphia City Paper recently ran an article called "Black Hate Radio", about a radio show "Star and Buc Wild". The show airs weekday mornings on urban station Power 99 FM. The show's star, Troi Torain, according to the City Paper, "spits epithets at everyone: "'spics,' 'asslickers' (homosexuals), 'hoes' and 'bitches.' Kanye West is a 'nigger.' Whites are especially despised: 'whitey' was recently blamed collectively for choosing February as Black History Month, it being the shortest."

Now for the punchline: "Torain hates everyone, though not equally. A disciple of Ayn Rand, the formerrecord company exec spouts a creed of self-interest he calls "Objective Hate." By attacking all the 'losers' around you, says Torain, one can find personal fulfillment, and much wealth. Among Torain's biggest losers are black people, especially black women. Torain, who disavows his own African-American heritage, dismisses black identity as 'modern day tribalism.'"

Recent Comments:
Yes — by Jason Quintana on Wed, 2006-02-22 20:00
Yeah, — by Casey on Wed, 2006-02-22 18:30
Oh Henry — by Ed on Fri, 2006-02-17 09:55

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Machan's Musings—Free Speech's "Least Attractive Practitioners"

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Submitted by removed on Mon, 2006-02-13 22:01

Over the last several days I have been thinking and writing about the
furor surrounding the Danish cartoons that many Muslims have found so
offensive. I have noted that even if they are offensive and grievously
insulting, this doesn’t justify the sort of violence we have witnessed in
response to it often perpetrated against people who haven’t had anything
to do with the cartoons. Justice must be proportional—one doesn’t hit
another because one’s been insulted by him and certainly one doesn’t just
vent against innocent bystanders. At most insults may be met with
comparable insults and the targets must be those who issued the original

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Another perspective — by sjw on Tue, 2006-02-14 18:40

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Coupla Things!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2006-02-13 07:56

It's that time again when FreeRad is being readied for the printer, so no Daily Linz in the interim. When it resumes it'll include Fundamental Stuff again. (I know you're all hanging out for that. Smiling)

I'm disestablishing the position of editor because to all intents & purposes there's no longer anything to edit. With the instant access folk have to the front page with their personal SOLO blogs etc. no one seems to want to write articles as such. So I'm going with the flow on this one. But I'm not disestablishing Mr Bissell. He becomes Deputy-Principal, someone for me to chew the fat with, help me set goals, etc.

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Dear Confused-of-Auckland — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2006-02-14 23:46
Confused — by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-02-14 22:50
Fool — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:24

Beyond Emotion: The Gestalt Theory of Music

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Submitted by JoeM on Mon, 2006-02-13 02:34
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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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Kaplan's new recording — by Jason Quintana on Tue, 2006-02-14 19:08
I have a special affinity — by eprime75 on Tue, 2006-02-14 02:22
My writing partner — by Casey on Mon, 2006-02-13 10:26

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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
The mentalty of business in a mixed economy — by Jason Quintana on Sat, 2006-02-11 17:18

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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Heh I've been chuckling for — by Andrew Bissell on Tue, 2006-02-14 07:26
Here are a few more... All — by Robert on Sat, 2006-02-11 07:37
Nah, just kidding, — by Robert on Fri, 2006-02-10 23:45

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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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ARI Affiliate? — by Teresa on Fri, 2006-02-10 17:39
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