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  1. I highly suggest that a critically thinking person get a hold of a copy of the book "State of Fear", not for the novel - which I find interesting, but for the bibliography. I found that the few of the references that I have checked so far to be very informative. I am looking forward to checking more of the references.
  2. I would like an unbiased review of the book How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter . The liberal press seems to hate it like poison, which may be a good thing! Thanks in advance.
  3. My three favorites Young Frankenstein Mel Brook's best - what more can you say! We Were Soldiers When I first saw this movie, the memories came rushing back, I swear that I could smell the Army paint and feel the roughness of starched uniforms. In Country The final part at the Vietnam Memorial for me is the most moving part of any movie that I have ever seen. I have known too many whose names are on that wall.
  4. What difference will it make. If Kerry is elected, he probably will run away after 4 months like he did in Vietnam. Then we will have an ex-trial lawyer, Edwards, in charge. Brrrr...
  5. I am a book nut! These are my favorites in which I have them both in text and on audio CD (via Audible.com). I know that they all do not fall into the Objectivist mold, but one reads for pleasure too! A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has always been a pleasurable read. 'Tis, by Frank McCourt A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt Anthem by Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub Convergence by Charles Sheffield Divergence by Charles Sheffield Dreamcatcher by Stephen King Everything's Eventual by Stephen King Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams Ringworld by Larry Niven Salem's Lot by Stephen King So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI by Stephen King Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein Summertide by Charles Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II by Stephen King The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I by Stephen King The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub The Time Machine by H.G. Wells The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III by Stephen King Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein Transcendence: Book 3 of The Heritage Universe by Charles Sheffield Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV by Stephen King Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V by Stephen King
  6. Just from a personal, selfish point of view, as a Vietnam era veteran, Kerry's claim at the end that he serverd honorably made my blood boil. The Swift Boat Veterans will soon get a contribution from me. Try as I might, I am sorry but I cannot be rational on this issue, too many memories!
  7. Personally, from my point of view, Nikola Tesla has them both beat.
  8. In a trip through a local office supply store, my wife looked at some of the school supply lists that teachers at various local schools have posted. One that caught her attention was for a second grade class in Madison, Wisconsin. The list was topped with 4 boxes of crayons, 16 crayons per box, followed by multiple sets of other items. At the end of the list was the message that stated that unused supplies would not be returned to the students. The reason for this is that all supplies will be kept in common by the teacher and distributed to the students when they use them. This insures fair and equal access to the supplies to all students, even those who could not contribute.
  9. From the general tone of Kerry's speech, he did not seem very bright, he seemed to be repeating things he did not understand. BTW, If you want another reason not to vote for Kerry, check out http://www.swiftvets.com/index.php?topic=SwiftPhoto.
  10. I see a problem with the whole discussion and that is the definition of what is 'love.' I am currently married and have been for the past 36 years to the same person. After all this time I do not know a good definition for love. Love seems to change from hour to hour, day to day, and year to year. Did 'love at first sight' happen to me and my wife, it might have, but I cannot honestly say it did.
  11. Lazarus Long, the main character in Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love and other novels seems to be quite an Objectivist. Following are a few quotes from the book, enjoy: One man’s “magic” is another man’s engineering. “Supernatural” is a null word. -Lazarus Long Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child. -Lazarus Long History does not record anywhere a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. -Lazarus Long, Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other “sins” are invented nonsense. -Lazarus Long Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed. -Lazarus Long It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics. -Lazarus Long If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you’ll abort it if you do. Be patient and you’ll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait. -Lazarus Long Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor. -Lazarus Long The most preposterous notion that H. sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history. -Lazarus Long Does history record any case in which the majority was right? -Lazarus Long God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent -- it says so right here in the label. If you have a mind capable of believing all three of these divine attributes simultaneously, I have a wonderful bargain for you. No checks, please. Cash, and in small bills. - Lazarus Long What are the facts? Again and again and again - what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars fortell", avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" - what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts! -Lazarus Long One man's theology is another man's belly laugh. - Lazarus Long A shaman shall be presumed guilty until proven innocent. - Lazarus Long
  12. Thanks for the reviews of I, Robot. I grew up reading Asimov back when I, Robot was new science fiction! I just reread a month ago, and the memories of the initial enjoyment came back. I was afraid what Hollywood might do to it, (like it did to Starship Troopers). Thanks again, I think I will avoid the movie.
  13. I have the same fear. The Fountainhead is more that a novel, it is a statement. Ayn Rand was the architect of that statement. Can you just imagine some Hollywood second-handers modifying it!
  14. My hat is off to you if you can watch more than 3 minutes of the Democratic Convention. My stomach is not that strong. Instead I relistened to the last hour of The Fountainhead that I have (unabridged) on CD. One point, only PBS was carrying it on broadcast. Either it is political alignment or just lack of anything interesting to show, I am not sure.
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