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Cavalcade of Links 4

April 7th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Link Cavalcade

1. Ron Pisaturo compares two scenes in the Atlas Shrugged movie to the book. He shows how small changes can turn dialogue from romantic to naturalistic. This is a must-read for fiction writers. 2. Onkar Ghate reveals what is wrong with environmentalism. (Like everything.) This is the stuff you only get from Objectivists. 3. Barry […]

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Cavalcade of Links 3

March 31st, 2011 by Myrhaf · 12 Comments · Link Cavalcade

1. The Professional Left. 2. When Newt Gingrich jumps on the religion bandwagon, does it mean that a longtime power seeker senses the way things are going in America?

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A Half-Assed Kinetic Military Action

March 30th, 2011 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on A Half-Assed Kinetic Military Action · Foreign Affairs, Politics

There is one line in Obama’s speech on Monday justifying military action in Libya that stands out, amongst a lot of illogic and contradictions, as the real reason: …I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action. The prospect of emotionally wrenching pictures of suffering was too much for […]

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The Obama Doctrine

March 25th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 10 Comments · Foreign Affairs, Politics

Some have wondered what the Obama Doctrine is. I believe Bryan Preston at Pajamas Tatler has found it. Obama made this statement in El Salvador: And that’s why building this international coalition has been so important because it means that the United States is not bearing all the cost. It means that we have confidence […]

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Cavalcade of Links 2

March 24th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Link Cavalcade

I walked into a diner yesterday with $20. After a seafood dinner, coffee, tax and tip, I walked out with $1. 10 years ago I think the same dinner would have cost in the $10 range. I remember when I was young scraping by for three or four days on $5 until I got paid. […]

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100 Voices

March 18th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Book Reviews, Uncategorized

I thought 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand by Scott McConnell might be tedious. How many times can you read that Frank O’Connor didn’t say much? (About 100 times.) The book turned out to be fascinating. I could not put it down.

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This Week’s Hobgoblin

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

Never let a good crisis go to waste, right? With thousands dead and a staggering loss of wealth in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, the left sees an opportunity to create hysteria over nuclear power. Lots of misery? Oh, boy — let’s use it to score political points! Gus Van Horn posts with plenty […]

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Cavalcade of Links

March 9th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Culture, Link Cavalcade, Politics

Barry Rubin argues that Obama is bringing disaster to the Middle East and US interests. Michael Hurd explains Charlie Sheen. Evan Sayet looks at how leftists portray themselves in movies and TV. I think the explanation is that the left accepts the mind-body dichotomy, which is as old as Plato. The moral ideal is altruism, […]

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Collectivists Speak

March 3rd, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Business, Politics

Peter Wehner looks at two recent statements of leftist economic principles from Michael Moore and Robert Reich that are remarkably honest and revealing.

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George Carlin

February 28th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Culture

I had more respect for George Carlin before I read his autobiography, Last Words, than after. The more you get to know about the man, the less you like him. He was irrational all his life. As a youth he was a juvenile delinquent. He had the bad luck to go to a progressive elementary […]

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To the Shores of Tripoli

February 23rd, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

This is incredible. Colonel Daffy has decided, according to this report in Time, that if he goes down, he’s taking Libya with him.

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The New Tone of Civility

February 19th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Culture, Politics

After the shooting in Tucson, the MSM speculated without evidence that the shooter was motivated by the extremist rhetoric of the right. So now that the media have called for a new tone of civility, everyone is nice and polite, right? Not quite:

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Drifting Toward the Waterfall, Eyes Wide Shut

February 17th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve attacked Hugh Hewitt many times over the years for being a Republican homer. I’m happy to give him credit now for leading the charge against the House Republicans for failing so far to cut the budget or cut government in any meaningful way. House Republicans lost the first round of the messaging battle over […]

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Happy Birthday, Ayn Rand

February 2nd, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Alex Epstein finds something better than Punxsutawney Phil to celebrate today: Most of us do not take much note when February 2 passes–and if we do, it’s just in reference to Groundhog Day. But February 2nd marks something much more important than a mythical, weather-forecasting rodent. It is the birthday of the late, great author […]

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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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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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