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Call It 'Atlas Snubbed'
Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/17/2011 | Al Lewis

Posted on 07/21/2011 3:45:14 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

Love for Ayn Rand goes unrequited. Libertarians love her, but she rejected them as "emotional hippies of the right." Conservatives love her, but she opposed Ronald Reagan, saying, "His likeliest motive for entering the Presidential race is power lust." Right-leaning Christians love her, but she was an atheist, an abortion supporter and a champion of the anti-Christian ideal that selfishness is a virtue. She also called religion a "sign of a psychological weakness." Her fans -- including Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, talk radio's Rush Limbaugh and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- would be crushed to learn she might never love them back, either. Ms. Rand has been dead since 1982, but today she's as loved as ever. Her 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" champions laissez-faire capitalism and individual achievement. She vilifies communism, socialism and unionism. She dubs government redistribution of wealth immoral. Some of her ideas are central to the American Dream. But Ms. Rand did much of her writing while hopped up on amphetamines and nicotine. And like most people who abuse this combination, she went too far. She crafted philosophical arguments and wrote bizarre works of fiction to prove their premises. Then, in the delusional grandiosity that only chemicals can inspire, she declared herself, "the most creative thinker alive."

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Atheism, amphetamines and nicotine make bad philosophy.
1 posted on 07/21/2011 3:45:19 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
"Her 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" champions laissez-faire capitalism and individual achievement. She vilifies communism, socialism and unionism. She dubs government redistribution of wealth immoral."

Agree 110% with her on these points!

2 posted on 07/21/2011 3:48:59 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Publius

‘If you can’t attack the message, then attack the messenger’ ping.


3 posted on 07/21/2011 3:49:03 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
One of the least attractive elements of the Left is it's adherence to political correctness. The most obvious part of that is their requirement that all true leftist must agree on everything. I don't need a politician or any office holder to see the world exactly as I do; I'll settle quite happily for 75%.

Ayn Rand promulgated some great truths about government snd the virtues of self reliance. I accept her philosophy for it's truth and allow her the failing all humans have. I can't see a better way.

4 posted on 07/21/2011 3:57:55 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Oh no, not....nicotine!


5 posted on 07/21/2011 4:00:31 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Im so conservative John Galt asks “Who is Dainbramage?”


6 posted on 07/21/2011 4:09:08 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: DainBramage

LOL


7 posted on 07/21/2011 4:09:54 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The difference between Conservatives and Libertals is that Conservatives do not demand complete ideological orthidoxy in all things. Liberals are always looking for a way to destroy those opposed to them, so any deviations are a reason to hate somebody. But Conservatives are allowed to listen to, to be friends with, and learn from people from anyplace on the political spectrum. We might not agree, but we don’t have to hate.


8 posted on 07/21/2011 4:13:53 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Palin-o delenda est)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The irony of philosophical atheism is that, whether you go left with it, or right, you will meet on the backside of the world — as a libertarian.


9 posted on 07/21/2011 4:15:27 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Everyone reads (or pretends to) "Atlas Shrugged", watches Hollywood's version of "The Fountainhead" and thinks he knows Rand's philosophy.

But her real philosophical work goes unread. Rand's "Objectivist Epistemology" is brilliant. She lays out a cogent and concise theory of concepts and explains how humans acquire knowledge. It should be must-reading for everyone who plans on teaching.

Of course, bashing her admittedly quixotic lifestyle is tons more fun -- and so easy, too!

10 posted on 07/21/2011 4:15:33 AM PDT by BfloGuy (Nobody is in a position to decree what should make a fellow man happier. -- L. Von Mises)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Well. It didn’t take long for this to rear its ugly head! Now we know Ann was a pil popper. I feel so much better now. Course, she can never defend herself to the author of this piece of crap.


11 posted on 07/21/2011 4:18:40 AM PDT by marygam ((Obama is not a messiah, wake up folks!))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Baby, meet bath water. Exit stage riiight. As far as her being hopped up on amphetamines, caffeine or whatever, our armed forces employ these tools to keep pilots in the air after exhaustion would normally preclude them from action. Do the effects sometimes result in errant targets getting put in the hurt locker? Who can say without a larger data set to study? I have not personally read, or seen Atlas Shrugged (yet). But from what I have read, time and again on the subject matter of that tome, I think it reasonable to conclude that the larger body of Rand's ideas are at the very least a good starting point and idea “tool bag” for free thinkers to utilize as guideposts on the exploratory journey toward the noble goals of self determination and attendant self respect. My $.02 and all that.
12 posted on 07/21/2011 4:25:12 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (I'll take Fraudulent Marxist Usurpers for $2.4 Trillion, Alex.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

If Newton had beaten his wife, would apples still fall from the tree?


13 posted on 07/21/2011 4:36:31 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Rand new what evil looked like, she just couldn’t/wouldn’t recognize its source.


14 posted on 07/21/2011 4:39:46 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Not right there, dangling at the end of her fingers or tipped at an angle from her pursed lips! ;-)


15 posted on 07/21/2011 4:44:31 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Beat me to it!

Newton was an odd duck who never even had a wife and was extremely and oddly religious therefore I reject the notion of gravity and adhere to the time-tested notion of crystal spheres.

Daily I find more wisdom and common sense here at FR than in the commercial media - sheesh!

16 posted on 07/21/2011 4:53:34 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (White Hetero Able Male (WHAM) a.k.a. NOT Holder's people)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Anyone who agrees with anyone 100% of the time is an idiot.


17 posted on 07/21/2011 4:55:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Extrapolating from molehill to mountain is always a bad course of action.

Mountainizing will always lead you astray


18 posted on 07/21/2011 5:01:02 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
We now know corporations are the real "parasites" in an economic crisis.

Did the author even bother to read a summary of Atlas Shrugged? Corporations were happily using government to crush competition all the way through the book. The beggars on the street played a very small part in the novel compared to the ones in the board rooms.

19 posted on 07/21/2011 5:03:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: BfloGuy
Quite right! Her measurement omission as a factor in concept formation is more important than her trying to use selfishness as a virtue to justify capitalism (she didn't call it free enterprise).

Thomas Sowell, Ph.d claimed that criticizing capitalism as immoral would be like blasting calculus because it doesn't have vitamins. It is an economic system not a political system and describes human activity necessary for production.

20 posted on 07/21/2011 5:06:45 AM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Some of her ideas are central to the American Dream.
*But*
Ms. Rand did much of her writing while hopped up on amphetamines and nicotine.
And like most people who abuse this combination,
*she went too far.*

Interesting way to frame. Is Propaganda 101 a core requirement at 'Journalism' school nowadays? Do they teach anything else? And from the Wall St. Journal, too.

21 posted on 07/21/2011 5:09:54 AM PDT by GBA
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To: marygam
Well. It didn’t take long for this to rear its ugly head! Now we know Ann was a pil popper. I feel so much better now. Course, she can never defend herself to the author of this piece of crap.

They were diet pills, which a lot of people took in those days. When another doctor questioned her on her routine, she mentioned those pills, the doctor told her to stop and she did.

And she criticized Gov. Reagan for his teaming up with the Moral Majority.

And even though I was something of an admirer of Ayn Rand, I voted for Reagan anyway.

22 posted on 07/21/2011 5:10:39 AM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Newton didn’t have a wife. He had other issues including regularly having nervous breakdowns, wanting anyone who steals something to be summarily executed, and believing in alchemy. By all accounts not a very nice guy but a total genius.


23 posted on 07/21/2011 5:15:18 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; Publius

Publius, here is one for TheList ;)

and ColK, it certainly is a given that those of us on this side of the political spectrum, had better be prepared for the reality that Lock Step Thinking is NOT something that we do ; }

May God give us strength.
Tatt


24 posted on 07/21/2011 5:22:43 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Mercat

and most of our founding fathers cultivated and used various (now illegal) drugs.


25 posted on 07/21/2011 5:35:11 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“”But she did not imagine executives would loot their shareholders, cause an economic crisis and then beg for government help.

Her brand of laissez-faire capitalism led to corporations growing bigger and bigger until “too-big-to-regulate” became “too-big-to-fail.” She never imagined big business telling big government what to do or a government that only takes over failing businesses — not successful ones.””

Whoa. I wonder what color the sky is in the author’s world? Wasn’t it Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, aka “Big Government” who told “Big Banking” that they had to loan money to unqualified buyers, that grew the housing bubble, and of course, brought about the inevitable collapse of said bubble?

And don’t forget “Big Unions” wielding their none too inconsiderable clout to dictate to “Big Auto”? Not to mention their political influence, (see the ultimate in Big Government, aka Barack Hussein Obama).

Unbelievable really, the kind of stuff that gets presented as reality.

May God give us strength.
Tatt


26 posted on 07/21/2011 5:37:56 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: Mercat

Newton also used and abused his position as President of the Royal Society to discredit and slander his literary and scientific rivals. (He would have called them enemies.)

Not a nice man at all.


27 posted on 07/21/2011 5:41:01 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: KarlInOhio

KarlInOhio posted -

“”Corporations were happily using government to crush competition all the way through the book.””

Right to the point Bump!


28 posted on 07/21/2011 5:45:30 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: KarlInOhio

And then having the abrupt, and decidedly unpleasant reality dawn upon the weak entities, that Government then went on to crush them in turn, in order to gain complete control.

It would be a an even better story, if it were not unfolding before us today : /


29 posted on 07/21/2011 5:51:42 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: DainBramage

That’s a morning ping!


30 posted on 07/21/2011 5:55:09 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
The men who are not interested in philosophy need it most urgently: they are most helplessly in its power.

The men who are not interested in philosophy absorb its principles from the cultural atmosphere around them — from schools, colleges, books, magazines, newspapers, movies, television, etc. Who sets the tone of a culture? A small handful of men: the philosophers. Others follow their lead, either by conviction or by default.

For some two hundred years, under the influence of Immanuel Kant, the dominant trend of philosophy has been directed to a single goal: the destruction of man's mind, of his confidence in the power of reason. Today, we are seeing the climax of that trend. – Ayn Rand

31 posted on 07/21/2011 5:59:30 AM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL
...politics is not the cause, but the last consequence of philosophical ideas. It is not a communist conspiracy, though some communists may be involved — as maggots cashing in on a disaster they had no power to originate. The motive of the destroyers is not love for communism, but hatred for America. Why hatred? Because America is the living refutation of a Kantian universe.

Today's mawkish concern with and compassion for the feeble, the flawed, the suffering, the guilty, is a cover for the profoundly Kantian hatred of the innocent, the strong, the able, the successful, the virtuous, the confident, the happy. A philosophy out to destroy man's mind is necessarily a philosophy of hatred for man, for man's life, and for every human value. Hatred of the good for being the good, is the hallmark of the twentieth century. This is the enemy you are facing.

A battle of this kind requires special weapons. It has to be fought with a full understanding of your cause, a full confidence in yourself, and the fullest certainty of the moral rightness of both. – Ayn Rand

32 posted on 07/21/2011 6:04:41 AM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: cripplecreek
Anyone who agrees with anyone 100% of the time is an idiot.

I completely, absolutely, 100% agree with you on that.

Ahem. Although I might well disagree with you on some other things.

33 posted on 07/21/2011 6:37:27 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: newfreep
"She dubs government redistribution of wealth immoral."

And a atheist's ability to discern the moral from the immoral derives from......?

34 posted on 07/21/2011 6:42:05 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Her fans — including Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — would be crushed to learn she might never love them back, either
______________________________________________________________

That’s right, them conservatives are too stupid to know anything about Ayn Rand other than she wrote “Atlas Shrugged”.

Why they probably don’t even know how to pronounce her name!


35 posted on 07/21/2011 6:47:42 AM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: coloradan

Agreed as always.


36 posted on 07/21/2011 6:53:11 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard also sells millions of badly written books. Ms. Rand is just like him. She's become something she also wouldn't love: a religion.

Al Lewis writes poorly-reasoned articles full of flawed analogies, foolishly believing that they make him appear to be intelligent and erudite.

37 posted on 07/21/2011 6:53:48 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Truth is truth, no matter the source. Conservatives are smart enough to find the diamonds and discard the dirt when it comes to ideas.

It also amazes me that the Left doesn’t think we know who Ayn Rand was...as if these revelations are simply earth-shattering!


38 posted on 07/21/2011 6:59:37 AM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: KarlInOhio
Did the author even bother to read a summary of Atlas Shrugged? Corporations were happily using government to crush competition all the way through the book. The beggars on the street played a very small part in the novel compared to the ones in the board rooms.

It's called 'crony capitalism'. Obama supports it in spades. Perry appears to be a big fan too, so the powers that be will likely be covered by both parties this election.

39 posted on 07/21/2011 8:25:27 AM PDT by zeugma (The only thing in the social security trust fund is your children and grandchildren's sweat.)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Aggie Mama; alarm rider; alexander_busek; AlligatorEyes; AmericanGirlRising; ...

This article on Rand is written with a pen full of acid. But it’s interesting nonetheless.


40 posted on 07/21/2011 8:43:20 AM PDT by Publius
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
I have not personally read, or seen Atlas Shrugged (yet).

Read it along with our first FReeper Book Club from 2009. Some of the FReepers who commented on those threads were among the most erudite people on his site.

FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the d’Anconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatt’s Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
Part II, Chapter IV: The Sanction of the Victim
Part II, Chapter V: Account Overdrawn
Part II, Chapter VI: Miracle Metal
Part II, Chapter VII: The Moratorium on Brains
Part II, Chapter VIII: By Our Love
Part II, Chapter IX: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
Part II, Chapter X: The Sign of the Dollar
Part III, Chapter I: Atlantis
Part III, Chapter II: The Utopia of Greed
Part III, Chapter III: Anti-Greed
Part III, Chapter IV: Anti-Life
Part III, Chapter V: Their Brothers’ Keepers
Part III, Chapter VI: The Concerto of Deliverance
Part III, Chapter VII: “This is John Galt Speaking”
Part III, Chapter VIII: The Egoist
Part III, Chapter IX: The Generator
Part III, Chapter X: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Coda: Ten Years After
Afterword and Suggested Reading

41 posted on 07/21/2011 8:49:23 AM PDT by Publius
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To: muir_redwoods
Ayn Rand promulgated some great truths about government snd the virtues of self reliance. I accept her philosophy for it's truth and allow her the failing all humans have. I can't see a better way.

Well said.

42 posted on 07/21/2011 9:50:05 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Haiku Guy; sickoflibs
ROTFL! I guess you haven't been on Sarah PalinTM threads where someone who reveals a hint of agnosticism wakes to torches, pitchforks, and cries of "Ban her! Ban the witch!"
43 posted on 07/21/2011 9:51:50 AM PDT by Gondring (Going d'Anconia)
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To: Joe 6-pack
And a atheist's ability to discern the moral from the immoral derives from......?

The Bible acknowledges that humans know right from wrong even before encountering The Word through Christ or Scripture. So this is really no new question. It's the same old question of what you have faith in--the concept of man having morals within is not contrary to either atheism or Judeo-Christian thought.

44 posted on 07/21/2011 10:16:29 AM PDT by Gondring (Going d'Anconia)
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To: Gondring
"The Bible acknowledges that humans know right from wrong even before encountering The Word through Christ or Scripture. So this is really no new question."

So Ayn Rand's atheism was biblically based?

45 posted on 07/21/2011 10:20:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Gondring
ROTFL! I guess you haven't been on Sarah PalinTM threads where someone who reveals a hint of agnosticism wakes to torches, pitchforks, and cries of "Ban her! Ban the witch!"

I'm not a big fan of personality cults. That sort of thing is what got us into this mess.

46 posted on 07/21/2011 10:27:46 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Palin-o delenda est)
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To: muir_redwoods
Ayn Rand promulgated some great truths about government and the virtues of self reliance. I accept her philosophy for it's truth and allow her the failing all humans have. I can't see a better way.

And there you have it, bottom line.

47 posted on 07/21/2011 11:10:01 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
So I'm a conservative Christian who enjoyed and was edified by her writing.

Why does this keep coming up as an issue? She was a vulgar, crude, ugly, grandiose and cruel person. Who she was doesn't really have much to do with what she created.

If we conservatives insisted on our artists being decent people...well, then we'd have no art at all.

48 posted on 07/21/2011 12:23:20 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Gondring; Haiku Guy
RE :"ROTFL! I guess you haven't been on Sarah PalinTM threads where someone who reveals a hint of agnosticism wakes to torches, pitchforks, and cries of "Ban her! Ban the witch!"

It's pretty safe to post on those threads that she is running (a slealth campaign) for POTUS now that only the blessed (like you) can see the signs of and that she will win in a landslide. Begging her to run works too. Anything else and you risk having your mother called a ..., OPPPS, I mean a PDS.....

49 posted on 07/21/2011 1:53:43 PM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: sickoflibs; Haiku Guy





"He made me vote for Newt!"
<pause>
<skeptical looks and quiet shuffling>
(sheepishly) "...in a straw poll"

50 posted on 07/21/2011 2:32:20 PM PDT by Gondring (Going D'Anconia)
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