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Entries from January 29th, 2011

On “Hypocrisy” versus the Sanction of Theft

January 29th, 2011 by Jim May · 40 Comments · Uncategorized

“Great minds talk about ideas; mediocre minds talk about events; small minds talk about people.” — Unknown Whatever one might think about that well-known quote, it certainly describes the vast majority of Ayn Rand’s critics, ever incapable of dealing with her actual ideas. Instead, they talk about the *person*, jumping on minor aspects of her […]

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Woe is Michigan

January 28th, 2011 by Mike N · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

After reading news articles on Michigan’s new Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address I’m disappointed. He ran on a platform of making the state government smaller, more efficient and called for a return to free market principles. But it looks to me like Mr. Snyder is not going to be the solution […]

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Come Back, Keith Olbermann

January 24th, 2011 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on Come Back, Keith Olbermann · Uncategorized

There’s not much to say about Keith Olbermann’s departure from Countdown on MSNBC last Friday, but since I have time on my hands, I might as well say it.

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The Way Back

January 22nd, 2011 by Myrhaf · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve been blogging a lot since I became unemployed. If you want to be a prolific blogger, remove all annoying distractions. First get rid of that nuisance people call a “job.” Ah, the life of leisure! Why don’t I tell you about the movie I saw this afternoon? Warning: some spoilers, but it’s not like […]

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Damn Hippies

January 20th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Message to Love — The Isle of Wight Festival is a documentary of the 1970 rock festival released on DVD in 1997. It is a remarkable, if revolting, portrayal of the “Woodstock Nation.” It shows what the Hippies were all about: drugs, socialism and nihilism. Apart from the music, the film centers on the Hippies […]

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Violence In America

January 14th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Culture, Politics

Spike Lee said, “the United States of America is the most violent country in the history of civilization.” Actually, the opposite is true. If the USA is not the least violent country in history, then it’s one of them. This country was founded on the principle of individual rights, which is the means of shielding […]

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Wrapping Up

January 12th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 20 Comments · Culture, Politics

The argument from the left that harsh political rhetoric led to the violence in Arizona has been so roundly rebuked that I expect the MSM to drop it and move on to their next campaign. Charles Krauthammer wrote a good piece disposing of this dishonest nonsense. Michael Medved, with whom I often disagree, made an […]

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The Wrath of Krugman: The Left’s Anti-Discourse Gambit

January 12th, 2011 by Jim May · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

The Right has reacted loudly to the Left’s ongoing exploitation of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords. Glenn Reynolds has been supplying a steady stream of links to rebuttals, including this incredible compilation by Michelle Malkin of Leftist violence (not just “rhetoric”, note, but actual violence), as well as egregious examples of Leftist projection, one of […]

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The Road to Hell

January 9th, 2011 by Jim May · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Over at Instapundit in November, Glenn Reynolds took to task a reader who deploys the “but they have good intentions” argument against morally equating communists with Nazis. Glenn is completely right on this count.  What I wish to lay down here is why he’s right; why the “good intentions” argument, no matter which of its […]

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January 9th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 22 Comments · Uncategorized

I’m fascinated by this article by Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” I’m not a parent, but I suspect that if I were, I would be the typical lenient western parent that Ms. Chua looks down on. If nothing else, I don’t think I’d have the energy to be drill sergeant to my kids […]

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Atrocity In Arizona

January 8th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 17 Comments · Uncategorized

A 22-year old degenerate opened fire at a shopping center in Tucson, Arizona where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting constituents. At the latest report six people are dead; that number will probably grow. Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head, but she survived. From his writings on YouTube it sounds like the shooter is mentally […]

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Out Of Touch

January 6th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 20 Comments · Politics

Yaron Brook often makes an interesting point in his appearances on Front Page with Allen Barton: people don’t learn from experience. Not when it comes to something big and fundamental like statism. Leftists can see their schemes fail over and over, but their confidence in socialism will not be shaken. The members of the “reality-based […]

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The Power of Philosophy

January 5th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

Back in the ’90s I remember watching some news story on the Oslo Accord and thinking, “My God — the Israeli left is as suicidal as the American left.” It surprised me. Israel used to be better than that. But then, America used to be better than that. Such is the power of philosophy that […]

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