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Entries from March 31st, 2009

The Smallest Minority On Earth

March 31st, 2009 by dismuke · 15 Comments · Culture

Rush Limbaugh had an outstanding monologue on his program today in which he praised and quoted Ayn Rand – including significant reference to one of my favorite Rand quotes about the smallest minority on Earth being the individual. Limbaugh praised self-interest, denounced sacrifice and said that he planned to spend more time on the issue […]

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Two More Massive Laws

March 31st, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Politics

The American federal government under the leadership of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and friends is grabbing power and destroying liberty so fast that it is hard to keep up. I don’t think anyone has been able to keep track of all of it, especially when sweeping laws are hidden in bills over 1,000 pages long that […]

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Caring versus Altruism

March 30th, 2009 by Jim May · 9 Comments · Culture

Below the fold is a comment I posted earlier on Dr. Helen’s blog entry  “If you made it yourself,….Why shouldn’t you keep it, you made it…” It contains my argument on why it is contradictory for altruists to define themselves as “people that care”.  I am addressing a commenter “Laura”, who identifies herself as a […]

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How Fast We’re Moving

March 30th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Politics

When the federal government bailed out auto makers last fall, did anyone think that by March the President of the United States would ask the CEO of General Motors to step down? This comes after President Obama told bankers on Sunday that bonuses are “not acceptable.” I know a lot people don’t like calling our […]

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Democrats + Republicans = 1 Party Rule

March 28th, 2009 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Politics

The 3/27/09 Detroit News editorial section carried its usual Friday commentary by Frank Beckmann, a conservative and host of the Frank Beckmann Show on WJR Radio 9 am to noon daily. Today’s column gives a glimpse as to why I probably won’t be voting for Republicans anytime soon. It’s because they share the same values […]

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Bristling with “Corps”

March 27th, 2009 by Jim May · 4 Comments · Politics

Paul Hsieh comments on a DC EXaminer article about the fast-moving expansion of government servitude organizations now likely to occur under Democrat rule — and likely to pass with Republican support. From the Examiner article Paul links: The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying the new program […]

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NRA Take Two

March 27th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select […]

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The Next Margaret Thatcher?

March 25th, 2009 by dismuke · 7 Comments · Foreign Affairs

This very eloquent YouTube clip of British member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan taking Prime Minister Gordon Brown to task is simply incredible and certainly equally applicable to our own Presidents Bush and Obama. He has a blog too.   While I have not yet had a chance to read very much of it, his […]

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FedEx Asserts Their Right to Exist

March 25th, 2009 by Amy Nasir · 5 Comments · Business

One company refusing to be shackled, FedEx, backed out of a $7 billion Boeing order after Congress threatened to unleash the hordes of the wealth-plundering Teamsters on them, as reported by today’s Wall Street Journal, “FedEx Threatens to Cancel Jet Orders.”  Actually, FedEx did not “threaten” to cancel the order, it was arranged in their […]

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The Mask Comes Off

March 23rd, 2009 by Chuck · 10 Comments · Environmentalism

Environmentalists must really be feeling their oats, these days.  The boldest among them are no longer even bothering to conceal or deny their real goal — the elimination of the plague, man, from the face of the earth.  Their initial trial balloon, launched in Great Britain, calls for cutting that nation’s population in half.  It used to […]

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Alternative to Earth Hour

March 22nd, 2009 by Amy Nasir · 13 Comments · Culture, Environmentalism

On Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in contrast to the dubious “Earth Hour,” there are a couple of new movements celebrating the achievements of Thomas Edison and those men and women who—as Ayn Rand eloquently phrased—”took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.”  In honor of Edison Hour, […]

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Preparing the Persecution

March 21st, 2009 by Myrhaf · 37 Comments · Politics

Because Americans are not used to rioting, and need a little instruction and encouragement to get them fired up, the Connecticut Working Families Party, an arm of ACORN, is  bussing potential rioters around Connecticut to show them where AIG execs live. If there is mob violence against big businessmen, it will be because the Democrat […]

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The Stranahan Syndrome

March 19th, 2009 by Jim May · 95 Comments · Culture, Politics

On March 13, Ed Cline wrote an excellent article on the Left’s startled reaction to the groundswell of interest in Ayn Rand and her book “Atlas Shrugged”. As he puts it:

“So the collectivist and altruist elite become very touchy when the people for whom they are “doing good” for their own sake, even to the point of enacting coercive and felonious legislation, exhibit signs of intelligence, resistance and anger. How dare these yokels!

And nothing raises their hackles higher than any mention of Ayn Rand. ”

Ed’s article says everything that I would say about the anti-Rand reaction in general.

There exists, however, another sort of anti-Rand reactionary, who is not a member of those elites but desperately wants to be. This sort of person hates Ayn Rand too, but instead of being threatened by her rising profile, see in it an opportunity for themselves — the same sort of opportunity that a brand new ship represents to young barnacles.

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Populist Rage and the State

March 19th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

Anatole Kaletsky is worried about the populist rage brewing over the AIG bonuses. This bloodlust raises a truly alarming question: can capitalism and democracy survive side by side? Kaletsky’s question manages to get everything wrong. America and Britain are mixed economies, not capitalist economies. They are closer to the regimes of Hitler and Mussolini than […]

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Junk Science Mar 09

March 19th, 2009 by Mike N · 1 Comment · Environmentalism

One of the reasons that government seems to be on a fast track to total power over all of us via the politicization of science is that John Q Public has little knowledge of basic science. By way of of March 16th is a post which links to Softpedia and an article on the […]

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News Bad and Good

March 18th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Link Cavalcade

The news about the Obama administration, the Reid Senate and the Pelosi House continues to be bad. Jaw-dropping bad. Obama won’t allow pilots to fly armed. After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers […]

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Agenda of Destruction

March 13th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 14 Comments · Politics

An administration’s goals should be plain and clear for all to understand, but with a President as dishonest as Barack Obama, who will say whatever he thinks people want to hear at the moment, it takes some detective work. Daniel Henninger has found “the Rosetta Stone” to understanding Obama’s economic policy. If you read nothing […]

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Opening the Floodgates?

March 13th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 2 Comments · Comment Contest Friday

Many blogs do a caption contest every Friday wherein the blogger posts a picture and then visitors leave their take on an appropriate and funny caption for that photo. I really enjoy contributing to those sorts of things, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for TNC so how about a comment contest on Fridays. We select […]

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Thoughts From the Sick Ward

March 12th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

This cold has knocked me flat on my rear end. It has sapped my energy so that I can only stumble around the house cursing and kicking the cats. Whatever capacity for cheerfulness I normally have is gone, and reading the latest news about the financial crisis and the little man in the White House […]

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Lil’ Round Up

March 10th, 2009 by Mike N · 1 Comment · Link Cavalcade

There are some good posts on this Tuesday 3/10/09. First, Robb at Robbservations has a good post on the concept’To big to fail.’ He shows how the whole policy is wrong headed. ***************************************** Doug Reich at The Rational Capitalist takes a liberal writer to task for misrepresenting Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in a post titled […]

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