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Sherry

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  1. Sherry

    "Infidel"

    I just picked this book up Wednesday night. I finished it Thursday night. This is an incredible book. This woman is truly heroic. Her story is fascinating, and the transformation she made is astounding. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a prime example of a person using reason to change her life. I highly recommend this book. I hope to find The Caged Virgin this weekend. Ayaan is currently working in the US at AEI, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. You can read some of her short articles there. Although Ayaan stresses how the world needs to wake up and see how poorly Islam
  2. Dorian, Hello! I have been attending NTOS for about a year and a half. I attend with my husband and 5 kids. While, sure it does have a large membership of people over 30, we do have a great group of younger people as well. My son is only 16, and he sometimes got a little bored in the beginning, but he has since warmed up to the group quite a bit, since some of the members that are a few years older them him have been great about reaching out to him. I agee, that there is some discourse on the message board that is sometimes disheartening. However, let me assure that it is worth check
  3. That's how I looked at it too, just as a bed time story. I really enjoyed it, as did my whole family. My kids (ages 5 through 16) often ask if they can watch it. I think they have seen it at least 6 or 7 times in the past 2 months alone, hahah.
  4. My husband and I have 5 kids, 3 in public school and the youngest 2 in a private Montessori school (owned by an Objectivist!) I don't know if we will be able to afford to send them to the school next year, but I have to say it is well worth giving up a little in lifestyle to send them. (I would call it a life style adjustment, but certainly NO sacrifice!) Just not dealing with some of the bs that you have to deal with in a public school setting is a huge relief. And, they are getting a much better education, which is the mosst important part. Regarding taxes: this wouldn't apply to all ki
  5. I just bought a new computer about a month ago, nothing too fancy, and it had norton on it. Well...everything was okay until the update. So now I have to uninstall it and then reinstall it, a real pain in the butt...but it is causing all sorts of issues. They really do suck now. I used to prefer them to McaFee as well. GRRRRR..... (that's my non technical rant.)
  6. If a series of books were to be put together, than they need to meet a few things (in my humble opinion): 1. be entertaining for the kids(yeah I know DUH!) 2. give the messages in a non preachy way 3. have a guide for the parents I think 3 would be a big help in how to use the books. When I was a kid, and whether it was in reading class using short stories to learn reading comprehension, or using a bible stories book to be taught religion, there was always questions, usually provided either in the text itself, or in a teacher manual. I wouldn't think that would be too hard to do. But eve
  7. You don't mean replace right,? They just celebrated Jesus' bday on Satrunalia. People got to keep their to keep their pagan holiday, but, wink, wink, nudge, nudge it was now "Christian". To my knowledge, there was no real celebrating of Jesus' birth prior to the the emperor mass converting the empire. Sneaky devils....
  8. Thanks! I posted the fact that she will be giving a talk at on our local NTOS meetup discuss board, and directed people to visit the site for more information as well. Perhaps others would be interested in making the trip down there as well.
  9. That may be a worth a road trip from Dallas......
  10. Orson Scott Card is a favorite. I read the whole Ender Series, and am working on Alvin Maker series (fantasy) and Homecoming series. Worthing Saga, though was my favorite. His Folk of the Fringe is execellent. He wrote a really good book on writing fiction that Writer's Digest publishes. That is actually the first book I ever read by him. I love Ray Bradbury and some of Heinlein's work as well. I have enjoyed a lot of Asimov's work too.
  11. But there are different reasons for being fat. There are actually people that are overweight and don't have as much control that some think. I have known several diebetics, for example, that worked down right hard to control their disease and their weight, and were still fat. I do agree, it shouldn't be glorified, and I personally am disgusted that any one would. And I say that as a fat chick. However, I would still be careful judging a person based solely or mostly on their weight. It is interesting though, my husband and I have noticed that most of the life long Objectivist that we
  12. Actually, I watch a great deal of animated movies and shows, and I think it could be done without any problems. A combination of good animation and good voice acting is all it would take. Atlas Shrugged is a great book, but it is after all, only a book. If it can be made into a live action movie, it can be made into a cartoon. (That's just my opinion.) I am not a fan of Final Fantasy. When I say the people from Ghost in the Shell, I think they could pull it off because I am impressed with what they have done. I don't mean that they should do AS in that particular style. Barefoot Gen is a m
  13. Just a bump to the post....my family and I are going to the next NTOS meeting this coming Saturday. For those in the area that are interested in attending for the first time, or who have in the past we would love to see you there! The details are here: http://aynrand.meetup.com/71/events/5017277/ There an OPAR group discussion before the social event for those interested. We are still in the early part of the book. (There is a discussion thread on the meetup board regarding the time, etc.) There is a good number of people that attend these, and I have met some truly wonderful people
  14. An animated version would be cool. Get the people that animate Ghost in the Shell or the Pat Labor series...it would be good. There are plenty of great "unknown" voice actors out there.
  15. That is very true. I think the main concern is really the script as opposed to the actors. I don't think Jolie is the greatest actress but she can act, so she isn't the worst person to play Dagney. Worst thing that will happen: the movie sucks, Jolie misuses it to play up her altruistic efforts, and more people read the book. The best thing that will happen: the movie is great, more people read the book. More people will be exposed to it either way. I don't think a bad movie will do as much long lasting damage as some fear.
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