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Romney Favors Hubbard Novel
The New York Times ^ | April 30, 2007 | Jim Rutenberg

Posted on 05/04/2007 8:03:11 AM PDT by Labyrinthos

When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.

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To: Labyrinthos

http://www.supersimpsons.com/kang-kodos.htm
Resistance is futile.


51 posted on 05/04/2007 8:31:24 AM PDT by tumblindice (I wouldn't want Mitt to babysit my kids, but he could raise them.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Talk to Freeper EternalVigilance

Rational people living in the real world avoid EV.
52 posted on 05/04/2007 8:31:25 AM PDT by elizabetty (Why is Rudy concerned about 3000 dead Amercans but NOT 50,000,000 dead American Babies?)
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To: GOPJ
Romney’s tone deaf when it comes to religion...

I'd say he spends too much time reading church-sponsored and approved literature. He should have spent more time checking out the classics including Dante's Inferno.

53 posted on 05/04/2007 8:32:22 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I'm proud to be a FREDHEAD. Run Fred Run!)
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To: Lee Heggy123
Scientology: satisfaction or no money back guaranteed!

*ahem* I got my money back...

54 posted on 05/04/2007 8:32:57 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: KarlInOhio
The book had a novella's worth of story stretched by Hubbard into a very long novel.

That is the best description that I have ever read about that book.

It was JUST okay....The whole "Come to Earth to plunder it's mineral wealth" really does not sit well with me. Lots and lots of minerals floating around in space. Easier to mine, already mobile, and you don't have to conquer the natives to get at it.

55 posted on 05/04/2007 8:33:23 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: Red Badger

I liked the book, but I read it twenty years ago.


56 posted on 05/04/2007 8:34:12 AM PDT by Vanbasten
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To: greyfoxx39
He should have spent more time checking out the classics including Dante's Inferno.

He read the Trilogy in the original Italian.

57 posted on 05/04/2007 8:34:24 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: Red Badger
Wait for the Tom Cruise remake. ~ Boundless

Then it will suck and blow...... ~ Red Badger

ROTFLMAO!

58 posted on 05/04/2007 8:35:28 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: Labyrinthos

IF this is accurate, it’s reason enough not to support Romney. Had to be one of the worst pieces of sci fi ever written.


59 posted on 05/04/2007 8:35:32 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Labyrinthos

AAAAAHAHAHAAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHHAHAHAHAHAH

*breathe*

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA

Also, LOL.


60 posted on 05/04/2007 8:38:10 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Gurn
In fact, if you believe Joseph Smith, I think the next logical step in your theology is to become a scientologist.

Yeah, but what do you do after Scientology? I'm still trying to figure that one out decades later...

61 posted on 05/04/2007 8:38:15 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: elizabetty

I read his posts and then find the sources on my own.

I’d never rely on a stranger’s viewpoint without verifying it for myself.


62 posted on 05/04/2007 8:39:30 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.--William Goldman)
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To: Red Badger

If by “good” you mean “epic mega-failure the likes of which may never reproduced in human history,” then yes, I agree. ^_^


63 posted on 05/04/2007 8:39:40 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Little Ray

YES


64 posted on 05/04/2007 8:39:57 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: claudiustg
The smell of fear is on our friends at the NYT.

And CNN, which was airing this bit last night after Romney had an excellent evening of debate.

65 posted on 05/04/2007 8:42:09 AM PDT by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: Little Ray

I would’ve gone for “Miles Vorkosigan” myself, or even Mike Shepard’s “Kris Longknife” series. I’d be hard pressed to vote against him in the primaries!


66 posted on 05/04/2007 8:42:16 AM PDT by Kieri (Midwest Snark Claw & Feather Club Founder)
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To: henkster
I read “Battlefield Earth” in high school. I’d call it cheap juvenile trash, but that would offend cheap juvenile trash everywhere.

I'd guess Romney doesn't have any experience with good science fiction. Maybe he liked B.E. because it was very different from what he usually reads. *shrug*

It is certainly an odd choice though.

67 posted on 05/04/2007 8:44:25 AM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: Labyrinthos
I suppose it could be worse. He could have picked Al Ron's book Earth in the Balance.
68 posted on 05/04/2007 8:46:14 AM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: Lx
Her writing was turgid at best

I couldn't put it down. I got annoyed at the length of the "sermon" at the end, but other than that I liked the substance and the writing.

I also liked The Fountainhead and We the Living. What was that other future-world one she wrote? It was ok, but a bit off the wall.

I guess it just goes to show that different people have different tastes and opinions.
69 posted on 05/04/2007 8:48:00 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Constantine XIII
It wasn't as bad as A Bridge Too Far or Ishtar.........
70 posted on 05/04/2007 8:50:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: TChris

I preferred Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven & a few others back in my sci-fi days.

Most interesting sci-fi I ever read was Norman Spinrad’s “The Iron Dream.” It’s written as a sci-fi novel if it had been written by Adolph Hitler, who moved to America in the 20’s and became a hack writer. This was his “masterpiece” written in the 1950’s. It was bizarre, but Spinrad had great insight into Hitler’s demented mind.


71 posted on 05/04/2007 8:51:46 AM PDT by henkster (Al Gore is the second coming...of Trofim Lysenko)
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To: Labyrinthos
“Battlefield Earth,”....

It's an oustanding novel. One of my favorites

72 posted on 05/04/2007 8:52:16 AM PDT by rface ("...the most schizoid freeper I've ever seen" - New Bloomfield, Missouri)
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To: Labyrinthos

The novel “Battlefield Earth”, has nothing to do what so ever with the church and it’s beliefs, nothing at all.

Hubbard was a very good writer of novels, the problemn is he decided to created a religion too.

I watched the move made adapted from the book and it was a very good movie.


73 posted on 05/04/2007 8:52:45 AM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: Lx
OK, I have a question for all youse who said Atlas Shrugged was a good book. Are you saying the ideas were good? Her writing was turgid at best but I’ve read pretty much everything she wrote and yes, she was a big time atheist and also cheated on her husband.

Since she asked her husband's permission before sleeping with Nathaniel Branden, I would find it hard to call it "cheating".

Her ideas were brilliant.

74 posted on 05/04/2007 8:53:06 AM PDT by Live and let live conservative ($)
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To: henkster
I preferred Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven & a few others back in my sci-fi days.

Romney should read some of Orson Scott Card's stuff. :-)

It would have been nice to hear that Ender's Game was his favorite.

75 posted on 05/04/2007 8:53:09 AM PDT by TChris (The Democrat Party: A sewer into which is emptied treason, inhumanity and barbarism - O. Morton)
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To: Labyrinthos

I saw the movie.

It was pretty good SF — emphasis on the “F” for f-i-c-t-i-o-n.


76 posted on 05/04/2007 8:54:15 AM PDT by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: Labyrinthos
"Thank God I'm an atheist" -- Luis Bunuel.
77 posted on 05/04/2007 8:55:24 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: TChris

Robert Asprin(sp)....MYTH INC LINK....MYTHCONCEPTIONS...etc. lol used to love those when I was a kid. Whenever I’m in the library I look to see if they have that series of books on the shelf.


78 posted on 05/04/2007 8:55:32 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970
Her writing was turgid at best

I couldn't put it down. I got annoyed at the length of the "sermon" at the end, but other than that I liked the substance and the writing.

I also liked The Fountainhead and We the Living. What was that other future-world one she wrote? It was ok, but a bit off the wall.

I guess it just goes to show that different people have different tastes and opinions.

I did the same thing with The Fountainhead, I couldn't put it down. I started on Friday night and was done the next morning. I think it's one of her better 'written' books.

The sermon at the end of Atlas Shrugged almost kills the book. I've still read them all more than once.

We the Living is a painful book. I believe she said it was the closest to an autobiography she's ever done. To read what post revolution Russia went through was horrible. Liberals who miss the Soviets should be forced to read it 20 times.

I think the future book you're talking about was, Anthem.

I love most of her ideas, it's that she badly needed an editor and of course, according to her beliefs, no one could edit her books better than her.

79 posted on 05/04/2007 8:55:45 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I read his posts and then find the sources on my own.

Most people seek out mentors who will help them improve the future, not spend an eternity digging into and distorting the past.

While you all are concentrating on finding quotes you dislike in his past he is searching for ways to make America stronger and safer.

You might be more comfortable with the miserable backward looking Dems than the hopeful, forward looking Republicans.

Check out DailyKos, they are plenty nasty and dour and negative.

Like EV, they are full of hate too.
80 posted on 05/04/2007 8:56:03 AM PDT by elizabetty (Why is Rudy concerned about 3000 dead Amercans but NOT 50,000,000 dead American Babies?)
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To: Labyrinthos

But did he see the movie?


81 posted on 05/04/2007 8:56:21 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: Red Badger

XD Fair enough!


82 posted on 05/04/2007 8:57:19 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Labyrinthos
"That's not writing, that's typing" -- Truman Capote

They used to call these kinds of books 'penny dreadfuls'.

83 posted on 05/04/2007 8:57:26 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: KarlInOhio
Maybe Mitt was thinking of Gore's novel...


84 posted on 05/04/2007 8:57:57 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The most dangerous place in the world is between Hillary and the Oval Office)
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To: Little Ray

Agree! I really like the series, though a few of the later ones weren’t as good. David Weber, more!!


85 posted on 05/04/2007 9:00:19 AM PDT by retMD
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To: RightWhale
He read the Trilogy in the original Italian.

Gosh! That's really impressive.

86 posted on 05/04/2007 9:00:40 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I'm proud to be a FREDHEAD. Run Fred Run!)
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To: null and void
Yeah, but what do you do after Scientology? I'm still trying to figure that one out decades later...

Hang on, I'm working on it...coming soon.

87 posted on 05/04/2007 9:02:37 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I'm proud to be a FREDHEAD. Run Fred Run!)
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To: Live and let live conservative
Since she asked her husband's permission before sleeping with Nathaniel Branden, I would find it hard to call it "cheating".

I didn't remember the guy's name but I'll go with it. The thing is, you're either married or not.

Her ideas were brilliant.

I didn't say they weren't. It's her writing that gets me. She needed an editor to tighten up Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead was much tighter.

We the Living is just brutal to read. She put into words what the average liberated new Soviet went through if they had 'exploited' the workers like her factory owning parents (in the book that is). You can just picture the greyness of everyone's life under the communists and God forgive them is someone over you had athoriti!

88 posted on 05/04/2007 9:02:42 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: greyfoxx39

It’s not all that hard. Use whatever language you are familiar with and add the Italian endings and there it is.


89 posted on 05/04/2007 9:03:32 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: dead
He's trying to distance himself from the wackiness of Mormonism by trying to align himself with Scientology.

We just spent a week with those people. You cannot misunderestimate their weirdness.

90 posted on 05/04/2007 9:04:55 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Red Badger

I liked the book. I think that anyone who didn’t is probably full of body thetans, and needs a good auditing.


91 posted on 05/04/2007 9:07:30 AM PDT by TUAN_JIM (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: RightWhale

;)


92 posted on 05/04/2007 9:08:39 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (I'm proud to be a FREDHEAD. Run Fred Run!)
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To: RightWhale
Hubbard was a pretty good sci-fi writer until he followed though on his observation that he could create a religion out of thin air.

Wait. I detect a pattern. Hubbard was a pretty good sci-fi writer until he followed through on his observation that he could create a religion out of thin air. Joseph Smith was a pretty good story teller until he followed through on his observation that he could create a religion out of this air.

No wonder it's Mitt's fave book.

(For the record, it's not MY observation that I bring up Joseph Smith's story-telling ability; it's actually his mom who said such--that he could enrapture family members in his pre-Mormon years with great yarns).

93 posted on 05/04/2007 9:11:14 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: RightWhale

Laugh-a while-a you can, monkey boy!


94 posted on 05/04/2007 9:12:25 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: AppyPappy

Which people?


95 posted on 05/04/2007 9:13:05 AM PDT by null and void (The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.)
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To: elizabetty

I don’t appreciate lectures, and besides it makes you sound negative, like you do not believe that rational minds can seek out the truth.

I don’t believe Romney is searching for ways to better America. I think he is running purely on his ego, like Hillary Clinton does. He isn’t the only candidate who is doing so.

I haven’t found any forward-looking Republicans as of late. If you hadn’t noticed those on the Hill are paralyzed with fear and they want to play nice. They do not step up to the plate and challenge the Democrats.

Because of this, I don’t owe anyone in office or running for office allegiance. They must first earn my respect and then my vote.


96 posted on 05/04/2007 9:15:36 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.--William Goldman)
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To: Cicero

It’s a sad fact that a large amount of people are intimidated if not turned off by what hey percieve as ‘elitist high culture’. I think Romney may have had that in mind.


97 posted on 05/04/2007 9:15:42 AM PDT by Borges
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To: claudiustg

Yes, but going by many of these posts - it is working.

Sigh.


98 posted on 05/04/2007 9:16:31 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: Colofornian

George Washington’s mom didn’t appreciate what George was doing either. Some moms are like that.


99 posted on 05/04/2007 9:16:50 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: Unmarked Package

ping!


100 posted on 05/04/2007 9:17:50 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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