Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ayn Rand's Thought of the Day

"Do not use foreign words in narrative to show your erudition. Phonies like to stud their conversation with foreign words. If you do that in narrative, you, the author, will sound like a phony."

-- Ayn Rand, The Art of Fiction.


Ralph Puke of the comedy team of Puke and Snot used to make fun of such phonies by using foreign words, of specifically French origin, in an attempt to seduce a female member of the audience, and catastrophically failing in the process.

I strongly suspect that Rand is also commenting on a bad habit of the late conservative author William F. Buckley, Jr. I personally found it very annoying when Buckley used a foreign word or phrase, without translating it, in the articles that he wrote for National Review. If someone is speaking to their fellow citizens then they should use the common language of their nation.

I understand that there are some Leftists who also indulge in this bad habit.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Thought for the Day

A thought occurred to me yesterday as I was leaving the tire store:

The stated goal of Scientology is to clear the planet of mental illness, the actual effect is to clear the wallets and bank accounts of its followers.

The stated goal of Obamatology is to clear the planet of the effects of Capitalism, the actual effect is to clear the wallets and bank accounts of American citizens.

What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Duhhhh!

I really love it when someone calls my number and doesn't bother to notice that they've reached an answering machine.

"Hello, could I please speak with Leslie? Hello?"

They didn't bother to try again.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Just Memories

I remember when this was originally released.


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Secondhand Thought of the Day

I happen to completely agree with Robert A. Heinlein when he wrote that those who make slaves of other men were less than human. I also agree with Ayn Rand when she said that those who make slaves of other men should be extinct.

There is simply no excuse for such behavior.

-- Some Ex-soldier

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

The engine of tyranny is a blind, indifferent juggernaut, insensible to reason, justice and equity, and so necessarily inimical to them. It matters not the good intentions of the hand that launches it into the affairs of men. Once started, it moves almost of its own volition, corrupting, consuming and destroying everything in its path. It is a fundamentally nihilistic phenomenon. Its power is both centripetal and centrifugal, on one hand drawing its potency from that which it can corrupt; on the other, crushing or flinging aside the incorruptible.

--Edward Cline

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

"The Democratic Party: Con-men elected by the ignorant and the arrogant."

-- Dr. John Ray

I'm sorry to say that he forgot the raving lunatics.

My former "landlady" ("She" had the operation) told me that she was going to vote for The Big Zero because he was going to restore the Constitution.


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Monday, July 20, 2009

Thoughts for the Day

What's the difference between a Fascist and a Progressive?

One wears a silly uniform and the other is just silly.

At the core of both movements is the belief that all aspects of human life must be controlled by the apparatus of the state. Or, to put it another way, it doesn't matter if you're bitten by a rabid doberman or a rabid poodle, you're still going to get rabies shots.

Here's a lot more on this phenomena.

While going out on my morning walk yesterday I passed a newly opened restaurant that had a sign out claiming that it served "organic" vodka.

I thought this organic fetish was silly back in the seventies. What's next? Organic bathtub gin?

So how's your day going?
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Thought for the Day

Authority: Someone who knows what they are talking about and what they are doing. It is not a word that can be reasonably used to describe the present occupants of the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government.
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Question

Why don't we stop pretending that the Left represents any kind of legitimate political interest? The fact of the matter is that the Left as it is presently composed is little more than a band of brigands, parasites, and outright moral nihilists.

Unfortunately, the Country Club Conservatives are too busy jamming their noses into each others terminal orifices to notice this and do something about it.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

David Kahane on National Review Online wrote:

In other words, stop thinking of the Democratic Party as merely a political party, because it’s much more than that. We’re not just the party of slavery, segregation, secularism, and sedition. Not just the party of Aaron Burr, Boss Tweed, Richard J. Croker, Bull Connor, Chris Dodd, Richard Daley, Bill Ayers, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and Emperor Barack Hussein Obama II. Not just the party of Kendall “Agent 202” Myers, the State Department official recruited as a Cuban spy along with his wife during the Carter administration. Rather, think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

Let me repeat with emphasis on the fundamental point:

...stop thinking of the Democratic Party as merely a political party... think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

I've been saying this for years, and for my trouble I've been called all sorts of names and subjected to calls for violence against my own person by the apologists and outright adherents of statism.

The first violent crime was committed before the recording of history when some now nameless thug turned his spear, a tool created to feed and protect human beings, against another human being to take by violence something from that now nameless victim.

The fundamental crime of the Democratic Party is to turn the apparatus of government -- at all levels, local, state, and federal -- against the people that governments were created to protect, the productive citizens of a free and civilized nation.

The Democrats have rejected the principle of consent as the basis of the social and political order and have sought to materially and spiritually benefit from the coercion of the productive population. Their preferred method of obtaining power, the simple majority vote (or the claim of same) with no constitutional restraints on power obtained, is simply the exercise of brute force given a happy face.

They have appointed themselves a class of masters and condemned us, the citizens of the United States, to servitude to them. This is morally intolerable.

If our families and our nation is to have a future then the Democratic Party, and their bipartisan country club collaborators, must be permanently removed from office and rendered permanently impotent in the political sphere of action. And if this means that some of their dead bodies have to be dropped into the nearest convenient landfill with the rest of the garbage, then let us do it.

Yes, I know that cancer surgery and chemotherapy is rough, but the alternative is simply unacceptable. I believe that we should be no less ruthless in the effort to destroy the tyranny of the looters and to create a new rational political order for ourselves and our own children.

What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Thought for the Day

The conservative camp largely consists of people who treat reality as being real and human beings as being human. The other side on the other hand treats reality as being unreal and human beings as a form of livestock without inherent rights. Thus in the long term rational people, regardless of how grossly miseducated they were through the socialist controlled school systems, tend to move towards the conservative camp. Alternatively, irrational people, seeking to indulge whatever fantasy that they believe in, will usually fall into the socialist camp in order to actualize that fantasy.

What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

I'm in favor of any political change that results in people screaming "KHAAAAN!" at protests.

-- Virginia Fell
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Monday, July 06, 2009

Thought for the Day

Knowing Marxism pretty much qualifies as knowing nothing.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A Prediction.

President Barack Obama will send American forces to Honduras to restore former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya by force, or will use American civil and military resources to support a third party invasion (by the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua) to do the same.

(For a short explanation of what's going on down there I will refer you to Neil Boortz's article on the situation.)

Some people may object to this prediction. They insist on believing that we are now living in a new age of peace, love, and happy chocolates. And that under the rule of our new political messiah a military intervention in the internal affairs of another nation is now a thing of the past. I wouldn't be surprised if those same people still believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and Barbara Streisand.

My answer to such infantile objections is this, to the those who uphold the moral and legal primacy of the parasite, POWER IS LIFE. Thus any obstacle to absolute power is essentially seen as toxic to would-be absolute ruler.

The President of Honduras attempted to violate the Honduran Constitution and refused to obey an order of the Honduran Supreme Court. As a result he was removed from office in accordance to Honduran law. What the armed forces of Honduras did is in no way, morally or legally, distinguishable from that of a police officer or sheriff enforcing an order issued by a local judge.

Think of it as a constitutional republic in action.

But to the neolithic god-kings and their mobs of worshipers the exercise of the actual rule of law is an abomination. It sets an example to the people of other nations (and I'm looking at YOU my fellow Americans) for how to properly deal with would be dictators. (Of course I also favor the application of one round to the head in the old Soviet style, just to be damned sure.) To the tyrannophiles this is a crime that must be punished.

So don't be surprised if we hear that American troops are being sent to Honduras in order to "restore" democracy.

What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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