Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,787
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 86%!! Less than $13k to go!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: nihilism

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Poisonous Poetry--How's this for a clever rhyme?

    11/25/2005 7:20:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies · 1,324+ views
    Jewsweek ^ | 11-25-05
    How's this for a clever rhyme? "Jews are here, Jews are there | Jews are almost everywhere | filling up the darkest places | evil looks upon their faces." Originally published as a column in The Times of London. I've always distrusted both a) cretins who believe in the inherent goodness of children, and b) people who write poems. So imagine my delight when I read in the singularly excellent newsletter of the Middle East commentator Tom Gross about a piece of verse published in the new collection "Great Minds," a collection of poems by 11- to 18-year-olds, which is...
  • Firefighters to erect monument with controversial poem

    11/25/2005 5:15:48 PM PST · by dukeman · 25 replies · 1,068+ views ^ | 11/22/05
    BRUNSWICK, Maine --Firefighters will be allowed to erect a memorial that features a poem with a reference to God and language that some town councilors viewed as sexist. The poem, "A Fireman's Prayer," was written in 1959 by Kansas firefighter A.W. Linn and is found on memorials across the country.
  • TV porn alert: Girls Next Door (E! channel's 'reality' show about Hefner's 3 live-in girlfriends)

    11/25/2005 10:49:47 AM PST · by wagglebee · 77 replies · 5,122+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/25/05 | James L. Lambert
    The scholar who exposed fraud and exploitation in the work of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey is blowing the whistle on the E! cable channel's new "reality" show about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his three live-in girlfriends. Judith Reisman, author of "Kinsey: Crime and Consequences" and a soon-to-be-released new title, "Kinsey's Attic: How One Man's Pathology Changed the World," says "Girls Next Door" is Hollywood's latest and boldest attempt to normalize pornography in our culture. The author, who served as a consultant to the U.S. Justice Department on obscenity issues, is angry the network is investing so much time in...
  • Cultural shift among today's teenagers has dad feeling dated

    11/25/2005 11:39:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 60 replies · 1,821+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/25/5 | C.W. Nevius
    Now that the hints about joining a convent don't seem to be gaining any traction (seemed like a perfectly logical alternative to me) we are confronting the issue of a teenage girl going out with boys. In case you haven't been following the news, it is a scary prospect. Oh, right, you say, like there hasn't always been some drinking and sex in high school. And that's true. What I don't remember is having an ambulance gurney show up at a high school dance to wheel out a student suffering from alcohol poisoning, as happened recently at Albany High School....
  • Disputed Questions: A Catholic Philosopher Argues for Relativism

    11/03/2005 7:47:57 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 348+ views
    L'espresso ^ | 11/3/2005 | Sandro Magister
    Disputed Questions. A Catholic Philosopher Argues for RelativismIt's Dario Antiseri. He explains his theses in the official magazine of the Catholic University of Milan. And he is criticizing, at bottom, Benedict XVI's positions on relativism, nihilism, and the natural law by Sandro Magister ROMA, November 3, 2005 – After the first few months of the new pontificate, the general impression is that no one within the Church is seriously criticizing the central theses – philosophical and theological – of Benedict XVI’s preaching. But that's not the way it is. One Catholic philosopher has disputed one of the main points of...
  • Not a path to promiscuity, but to sanity

    10/30/2005 9:24:21 AM PST · by gcruse · 84 replies · 1,850+ views
    Times OnLine ^ | October 30, 2005 | Minette Marrin
    Traditional sexuality morality — meaning sexual restraint, particularly for women — was based on that connection between sex and conception: it evolved to protect paternity and patrimony. Now the connection has all but disappeared, as has patrimony, and the less connection, the less restraint and the more empty the morality. For this reason Christian moralists and others are doomed to failure with their quixotic hopes of getting people to say no to sex or to save themselves for married monogamy; they might as well try to put a genie back in his lamp. Because higamous, hogamous we are mostly not...
  • Western Attempt To Drive Pansexuality Into Africa Stalls

    08/26/2005 4:37:28 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 650+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 8/26/2005 | David Virtue
    Efforts to push Western pansexual attitudes and behavior onto African Anglican provinces, is meeting with vigorous resistance and has stalled in at least two jurisdictions. Ugandan archbishop Henry Luke Orombi has vigorously opposed attempts to allow the openly American Lesbigay organization Integrity into his province, and told VirtueOnline when he was in Philadelphia recently, "While Integrity has a beach head in Uganda we have cut off Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo for organizing the group here. He has been banned from preaching and we will not let him function with us." Other African archbishops including Nigerian Primate Peter Akinola and Kenyan Archbishop...
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 1:19:40 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 21 replies · 1,147+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 1:12:45 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 2 replies · 289+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 10:20:57 AM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 13 replies · 4,759+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • Preserving the Sacred - MY CORRECT VIEWS ON EVERYTHING, By Leszek Kolakowski

    08/21/2005 4:21:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 247+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2005 | Steve Goode
    "Utopians are people who dream about ensuring for mankind the position of pensioner and who are convinced that this position is so splendid that no sacrifices... are too great to achieve it," he writes. But the communist fantasy can be realized only through ruthlessness, and this is always so: There is no "reason to expect that it can ever come true, except in the cruel form of despotism," he explains, adding, as somone with firsthand knowledge of communism at work, "and despotism is a desparate simulation of paradise." "Evil, I contend, is... a stubborn and unredeemable fact," he avers. Why...
  • 'Friedrich Nietzsche': The Constructive Nihilist (Book Review)

    08/13/2005 12:44:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 727+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 14, 2005 | WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN
    PERHAPS genius can be perceived no way but kaleidoscopically, with interpretation endlessly rearranging the same bright shards. Who was Nietzsche? ''Listen!'' he shouts at the beginning of ''Ecce Homo,'' and the italics are naturally his, he being the emperor of vehemency. ''For I am such and such a person. For heaven's sake do not confound me with anyone else.'' The chapter titles then explain even more about him: ''Why I Am So Wise,'' ''Why I Am So Clever,'' ''Why I Write Such Excellent Books.'' Our immediate reaction, as he might have intended, is to suspect the wisdom, cleverness and excellence...
  • Four's a Crowd

    07/24/2005 12:00:40 PM PDT · by lexfreedom · 14 replies · 902+ views
    Boston Globe Sunday Edition - Magazine ^ | July 24, 2005 | David Valdes Greenwood
    "And yet for my husband and me, it seems that marriage simply adds a new category of potential suitors: the couple with a crush on us." -- David Valdes Greenwood ------------------------------------------------------ COUPLING Four's a Crowd Breaking up with one person is hard enough. But when it's a couple you want to avoid, it can get ugly. By David Valdes Greenwood | July 24, 2005 Once you marry, you think you are safely removed from the perils of dating. And yet for my husband and me, it seems that marriage simply adds a new category of potential suitors: the couple with...
  • Opposite Views

    07/16/2005 6:58:05 PM PDT · by dervish · 8 replies · 521+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 7/12/05 | David Gelernter
    Woody Allen (liberal) and Natan Sharansky (conservative) are celebrity Jewish intellectuals who offer radically different worldviews for your contemplation. Allen's is more popular with intellectuals worldwide. Sharansky's whole life says that Allen is wrong. Allen recently explained his view of history to the German magazine Der Spiegel. And Sharansky was interviewed by Jay Nordlinger of the National Review. If you understand their disagreement, you will grasp the main spiritual question facing Americans today. Allen, 69, is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, N.Y. Sharansky, 57, was a political prisoner in the Soviet gulag; today he is an Israeli politician. Allen got famous...
  • Perverts, Pornographers And Liberals: Playboy And The (Homo) Sexual Revolution

    11/09/2001 8:37:30 AM PST · by Starmaker · 116 replies · 1,165+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | November 9-11, 2001 | Henry Makow Ph.D.
    What kind of man is this? He is fastidious about his appearance, his home and his possessions. He wants as much sex as possible and chooses sexual partners mostly on the basis of appearance. He is self-absorbed and doesn´t want emotional involvement or commitment. He thinks a woman would stifle him and children would be a burden. Does this sound like gay behavior? It is also the masculine ideal purveyed by Playboy magazine to men since the 1950´s. At the End of Time, when they open the envelope labeled “What is the essence of manhood?” I suspect it will ...
  • Their Will Be Done

    07/05/2005 4:58:48 AM PDT · by docbnj · 11 replies · 934+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 Jul 2005 | Robert Bork
    Contrast Tocqueville with Justices Harry Blackmun and Anthony Kennedy. Blackmun wanted to create a constitutional right to homosexual sodomy because of the asserted "'moral fact' that a person belongs to himself and not others nor to society as a whole." Justice Kennedy, writing for six justices, did invent that right, declaring that "At the heart of [constitutional] liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." Neither of these vaporings has the remotest basis in the actual Constitution and neither has any definable meaning other than...
  • The pseudo-science of abusing children (Kinsey)

    06/28/2005 6:27:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 810+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 6/28/05 | Jack Cashill
    Even as a lad, Alfred Charles Kinsey was not quite what he seemed to be. A perfectionist, he could be hard on himself, both figuratively and literally. Perhaps as a way to punish himself, he inserted objects – ouch! – in his penis, graduating from straws to the handle of a hairbrush. After two years of training as an engineer, Kinsey enrolled in Bowdoin College in Maine as a biology major, the first love of this budding naturalist. Indeed, his high-school yearbook had projected him, in a worthy bit of prophecy, to become "a second Darwin." As a graduate student...
  • The Matrix as Marxist Propaganda

    05/22/2005 6:36:18 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 23 replies · 4,542+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | Nov. 2004 | James F. Burke
    THE MATRIX TRILOGY AND CULTURAL TERRORISM James F. Burke The blockbuster science fiction film Matrix: Revolutions stands as the preeminent example of post-communist socialist realism and Nihilistic cultural terrorism. "Cultural terrorism" is a significant underground political phenomenon in the Western world, complete with self-proclaimed "cultural terrorist networks" and manifestos to this ideology commonplace on the Internet (typically in news-groups that are also connected to "radical underground" and left-wing run "rave" scenes). It is a Euro-Left "philosophy" rooted in Marxist Anarchism and political Nihilism, which extends socialist realism (the creation of cultural foundations for a new socialist order) into the realm...
  • Two Men, Baby on the Way and Me (NY Times values alert)

    03/20/2005 10:28:34 AM PST · by No Dhimmi · 71 replies · 6,782+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 20, 2005 | Rebecca Eckler
    I was three months pregnant and engaged to be married when I met him. (Read the rest for all the nauseating details...)
  • DUer: Why SHOULDN'T siblings be allowed to "marry" or enter civil unions?

    03/17/2005 1:55:21 PM PST · by lowbridge · 82 replies · 1,149+ views
    The DUmp | 3/17/05 RememberTheCoup (1000+ posts) Thu Mar-17-05 08:06 AM Original message Why SHOULDN'T siblings be allowed to "marry" or enter civil unions? Why do we so often hear about such a situation as a "slippery slope" result of allowing same sex unions? Why does a marriage/civil union have to imply a sexual relationship? Almost all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage are economic or legal in nature and not sexual. "Right of consortium" is one of the few I can think of that are sexual in nature. What if a man with a wife and a couple of small children...
  • Pope Labels (Totaliarianism Masquerading As) Democracy "godless"

    02/23/2005 8:49:27 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 114 replies · 2,238+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 2/23/2005 | Bruce Johnston
    Pope labels democracy 'godless'By Bruce Johnston in Rome The Pope published a new book yesterday strongly attacking the "negative" society of the West, calling it a godless "anti-Gospel and new totalitarianism" masquerading as democracy. Entitled Memory and Identity: Conversations Between Millenniums, John Paul II's fifth book, printed first in Italian, blames the moral permisiveness of the West for undermining society with divorce, free love, abortion, euthanasia, and genetic manipulation. He also talks for the first time of the attempt on his life in 1981, describing his survival as an "act of divine intervention". But its main focus is the risk...
  • Pope’s new book : Europe’s nihilism, abortion as a new Holocaust

    02/19/2005 2:17:22 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 596+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 18, 2005
    Rome (AsiaNews) – The Pope’s new book “Memory and Identity: Conversations Between Millenniums,” in print next week in Italy, is being awaited with great anticipation.  According to reports, in his fifth book, the Pope warns Eastern Europe to guard against the nihilism that dominates in the West.  He also compares the abortion laws that exist in  many states to Nazism, the bane of abortion to a new Holocaust.  For John Paul II, both phenomena arise from governments in conflict with “the law of God.”In Poland, Znak publishing house will release the book on March 11 and provided a Polish version...
  • The Gay Culture In Their Own Words

    02/13/2005 10:25:28 PM PST · by Mockingbird For Short · 23 replies · 899+ views ^ | March 2004 | Sharon Hughes
    Changing Worldviews' Team of Commentary Writers is growing and we are pleased to bring you the following.  Sharon HughesThe Center for Changing WorldviewsPosted March 8, 2004 The Gay CultureIn Their Own WordsWhen we look at the changing worldviews around us there’s nothing like direct quotes to bring out the reality of the mentalities that exist around an issue to validate things as they really are or were. As America is being forced to address the legality of gay marriage, the two core issues surrounding this lifestyle - the causes and morality of homosexuality, are also being discussed once again. What...
  • Next on ACLU agenda: Polygamy

    01/29/2005 9:24:35 PM PST · by huac · 61 replies · 1,020+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 22, 2005 | David N. Bass
    "Strossen told the group of students that the ACLU has "defended the right for individuals to engage in polygamy" and that her organization will continue defending "the freedom of choice for mature, consenting adults," according to"
  • The broken windows theory of marriage (same-sex, Canada)

    01/26/2005 1:11:10 PM PST · by GMMAC · 8 replies · 784+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 | Barbara Kay
    The broken windows theory of marriage Barbara Kay National Post Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Eighteen months ago I wanted to write a column about the creeping respectability of polygamy, but my then-editor considered the topic too far-out. And lo, look what is making headlines today. Andrew Coyne, George Jonas and the Post editorial board dismiss "slippery slope" worries about polygamy gaining recognition. Jonas says polygamy may not be unnatural or even un-Christian but "it's certainly un-Canadian." In 1999 when a Reform Party bill designating marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" passed the Commons by a thundering...
  • Challenging monogamy (Polyamorists fall in love with all they couple with)

    01/23/2005 8:03:29 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 57 replies · 2,629+ views
    Denver Post ^ | Jan 22 05 | Douglas Brown
    On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Misty slept with her husband. Vince climbed into her bed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. And Sundays? Misty had Vince's wife all to herself. The kids, meanwhile, stuck to their own mattresses. Life was good in the "quad." Two couples, several kids, one house, five years and lots of scheduled sex - first in Boston, and then in Lakewood. The quad broke up in 1999, when Vince Botinelly, 50, looked up an old flame, thereby straying outside of the de facto group marriage and having, in essence, an "affair." Today, Botinelly, remains married to his...
  • WA Post article discusses the "humanity" of pedophilia. Lefties love their child rapists.

    01/20/2005 1:22:19 PM PST · by Seth Monroe · 37 replies · 1,738+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Jan 05 | Desson Thomson
    A Crime Ready for Its Close-Up Cinema Tackles Pedophilia, in Equal Amounts of Shadow and Light By Desson Thomson Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, January 16, 2005; Page N01 In "Bad Education," which opened here Friday, a preteen boy named Ignacio is singing "Moon River" in Spanish while a priest strums a guitar in an idyllic riverside setting. The boy looks beatific. He sings like a dream. But the priest watches Ignacio with something darker than innocent appreciation. We don't like what we see, yet we don't completely check him off as a "bad guy." That -- preserving the priest's...
  • The Last Year Of The Twentieth Century - (So encouraging!)

    01/08/2005 7:25:30 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 646+ views
    It is often said that the Twentieth Century actually began in 1914, the year in which the Great War, the most awful war in many ways in human history, began. As an example of how ghastly this era has been, consider this: given the unspeakable agony and carnage of the Western Front, the Italian Front and the Russian Front in the Great War, and given the unspeakable agony and viciousness of the Holocaust, which should moral and reasonable men have chosen over the other? Reflexively, we assume that the Great War was the lesser evil, but that is primarily because...
  • Is Our Culture Really Coarsening?

    12/26/2004 10:46:09 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 64 replies · 1,277+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/19/04 | Richard Walter
    We romanticize and idealize the 1950s. How else to treat that deplorable decade? The era of Father Knows Best and Ozzie and Harriet was also that of McCarthyism, of Jim Crow, of unspeakable kitsch in food, fashion, architecture and design. Music, too, was Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk until sweetly corrupting rock 'n' roll finally liberated mainstream audiences. …Yet the notion persists that those days were solely sweet, serene and secure. Public discourse was civilized. God -- a wise and kindly old white man with a long white beard -- was not only in Heaven but at long last in...
  • Thinkers Behind the Culture of Death (Part 2)

    11/13/2004 6:26:19 AM PST · by kjvail · 8 replies · 533+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2004-11-12 | Donald DeMarco
    John Paul II has referred to Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche as the "masters of suspicion" because they espoused that the heart is at odds with itself and therefore cannot be trusted. Donald DeMarco agrees wholeheartedly with the Pope's insight. DeMarco has co-authored a book investigating the dysfunctional lives and theories of the "Architects of the Culture of Death" (Ignatius) with Benjamin Wiker. DeMarco, an adjunct philosophy professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and professor emeritus at St. Jerome's University, relayed to ZENIT how these three thinkers and others have led to the disintegration of the human...
  • Nihilism revisited

    08/20/2004 7:28:48 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 3 replies · 257+ views
    Belmont Club ^ | Friday, August 20, 2004 | Wretched
    Friday, August 20, 2004 Nihilism revisited Reader BH writes to say that the technical term for the repudiation of law referred to in World War 4 is not nihilism but antinomianism and quotes at length from Norman Podhoretz's 2002 book, The Prophets. "Yet even by itself the idea that the moral realm is governed by law becomes something more than an empty abstraction when placed against the background of a culture that has for all practical purposes denied or repudiated that idea. The technical term for the denial or repudiation of law is 'antinomianism,' and it is antinomianism by which,...
  • (Arts) This Week: Dancing into the Heart of Darkness (SICKENING SPINNING HEAD BARF ALERT)

    06/13/2004 6:48:00 PM PDT · by dufekin · 13 replies · 184+ views
    The New York Times, New York, New York ^ | 13 June 2004 | Christopher Reardon
    As photographs of the atrocities began to circulate, there was no denying the horror they revealed. Members of an occupying force, which had come waving the banner of progress and commerce, were shown brutalizing helpless captives. All this happened a century ago, when an international human rights movement exposed the enslavement, maiming and killing of Africans in the Congo, then ruled by King Leopold II of Belgium. These events, newly resonant following the snapshots from Abu Ghraib, inspired the latest work by Ping Chong, a director and choreographer known for probing cultural tensions. "The timing is uncanny," said Mr. Chong,...
  • Camus as Conservative: A post 9/11 reassessment of the work of Albert Camus

    12/20/2003 12:47:34 PM PST · by bdeaner · 79 replies · 1,062+ views
    Orthodoxy Today ^ | 12/20/03 | Murray Soupcoff
    Camus as Conservative: A post 9/11 reassessment of the work of Albert Camus Murray Soupcoff The Guardian -- that last fanatical bastion of English left-wing obstinacy and foolishness -- published a unique book review honouring the latest Penguin edition of The Plague, the enduring fictional allegory of human suffering and sacrifice, written by French existentialist novelist Albert Camus. It was particularly surprising that The Guardian, of all publications, would publish what was really a revised introduction to the latest English-language edition of The Plague, since Camus' unique philosophical and political point of view was always so different from that of...
  • From virgin to tramp

    09/02/2003 11:23:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 35 replies · 345+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 3, 2003 | Ben Shapiro
    Note: Some language may be offensive to some readers Britney Spears was only 2 years old when Madonna made her appearance at the inaugural 1984 MTV Video Music Awards. It's unlikely she saw Madonna wear a wedding dress and writhe around on the floor, cooing that she was "like a virgin touched for the very first time." But if she did, did she ask her mommy if she could be like Madonna when she grew up? Britney Spears was 9 years old during Madonna's "Blond Ambition" tour in 1990. It's unlikely that she followed the story of Madonna's near-arrest after...
  • Madonna's Immoral Behavior At MTV Awards (Action Alert)

    08/29/2003 5:33:45 AM PDT · by jonalvy44 · 178 replies · 805+ views
    Did Britney and Christina expect quite such a slobbering expression of gratitude from Madonna at last night's MTV Video Music Awards? ...the 45-year-old Queen of Pop foisted lingering, open-mouthed kisses on the pretenders to her throne. Britters and Aggers were together to perform an ironic Like A Virgin, the song with which Madonna kicked off the MTV awards way back in 1984. The pair were decked out in the same kind of white wedding dress worn by Madonna for that seminal performance, writhing around on stage like good 'uns. Then Her Madge appeared, dressed in black, and greeted her tribute-payers...
  • Colin Powell takes no offense in Bravo's 'Queer Eye'

    08/29/2003 12:54:44 PM PDT · by Recourse · 20 replies · 289+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 29, 2003 | Bill Zwecker
    Powell takes no offense in Bravo's 'Queer Eye' August 29, 2003 BY BILL ZWECKER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Advertisement The widespread popularity of ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' has certainly been the surprise of the summer. Even more surprising may be how widespread the ''Fab 5's'' reach is taking them. Word has it that none other than Secretary of State Colin Powell is amused and intrigued by the hit Bravo cable show. Don't know if we can actually call Powell a closet fan, but a good source reports the nation's chief diplomat TiVo's ''QE'' each week--so as not to miss an...
  • Collection of Comedian/Host Chris Rock's Ad Libs as MTV Awards Disaster Unfolded Last Night

    08/29/2003 12:18:07 PM PDT · by prarie earth · 54 replies · 467+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 29, 2003 | wire report
    On the programming of MTV: 'Everytime I see Say What Karakoe, I say what is on the other channel.'On health problems/deaths of overweight R& B Legends Luther Vandross and Barry White: 'I don't know where (American Idol Winner) Reuben Studdard is right now, but I hope he is eating a salad.' On Paula Abdul judging 'American Idol'--'Its like getting Christoper Reeves to judge Dance Fever.'Rapper 50 Cent (who has been shot 9 times):'He's taken more shots to the face than (adult film actress ) Jenna Jameson On the faux punk band 'Good Charlotte': 'More like mediocre Green Day'On seating arrangements...
  • Once again, MTV throws wild party

    08/29/2003 11:17:36 AM PDT · by jeremiah'sdaughter · 68 replies · 563+ views
    I am so disgusted with our society, where everything's accepted and nothing is sacred. The article about Britney Spears and Madonna at the MTV music awards is just one of the examples that we have lost all morals and now are on a down hill slope to rock bottom. I saw this article and it sent me over the edge. Have all women lost complete respect for themselves??? This is surely the devils playground.
  • Revised 10 Commandments Meeting ACLU Approval

    08/27/2003 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 6 replies · 178+ views
    Bush Country "HeadsUP" Newletter | 8/27/2003 | Bush Country Staff
    Revised 10 Commandments Meeting ACLU Approval The ACLU has made its case that the Ten Commandments have no place in today's society. Such prohibitions against stealing, adultery, lying, bearing false witness, coveting something that belongs to someone else is not only out of order but personally oppressive for politicians. Such antiquated laws are a threat to freedom and must go. This revision of the Ten Commandments, will meet ACLU standards: Thou Shalt Not: 1.) allow a baby of inconvenience to be born. 2.) teach thy children right from wrong 3.) discipline thy children 4.) interfere in thy child's right to...
  • Exterminating Ellsworth

    08/27/2003 12:46:25 PM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 87 replies · 365+ views
    The Free Radical Online ^ | Uknown | DAVID C. ADAMS
    "Don't set out to raze all shrines — you'll frighten men. Enshrine mediocrity — and the shrines are razed . . . Kill by laughter. Laughter is an instrument of human joy. Learn to use it as a weapon of destruction. Turn it into a sneer. It's simple. Tell them to laugh at virtue. Don't let anything remain sacred in a man's soul — and his soul won't be sacred to him. Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man" In a famous speech from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead (p. 637), arch-villain Ellsworth Toohey explains one way to seize...
  • Age of Opinion

    08/22/2003 6:44:44 AM PDT · by aynfan · 6 replies · 276+ views
    original | 0822/03 | Robert Wolf
    Age of Opinion By Robert Wolf Garbage in Garbage out, a concept well understood by computer geeks, is the perfect metaphor for what has happened to public education in the United States. Just as democracy, a generic substitution for the more specific, republic, is the word of the day in politics, so egalitarianism or multi-culturalism is the by-word in American Education. Egalité is not a synonym for democracy, as those with a vested interest in promoting the concept would have you believe. The standard dictionary definition of egalitarianism is affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social,...
  • Mixed Premises: A Critique of Murray Rothbard’s “Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult”

    06/19/2003 3:35:54 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 76 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | June 18, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    In 1972, a renowned and insightful libertarian economist of the Austrian School and a former associate of Ayn Rand, Dr. Murray Rothbard (1926-1995), composed a purported analysis of the “cult dynamics” of Ayn Rand’s personal associations wherein he compared the early development of Objectivism to a Soviet-like hierarchy of unquestioned subordination and an essentially religious acceptance on faith of the positions upheld by a master “guru.” While Rothbard does validly pinpoint some of the foibles which lay within even so ingenious, industrious, and intellectually colossal mind as Rand’s, his exposition should by no means be interpreted as a refutation of...
  • On Flag Day, Celebrate America's Core Values of Reason, Rights, and Science

    06/12/2003 2:27:44 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 9 replies · 706+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | June 12, 2003 | Dr. Edwin A. Locke
    Not since the Revolutionary War has America faced a greater threat to its existence than it does today. A worldwide network of terrorists is bent on destroying us and everything we value. All the more reason to make clear on Flag Day the principles for which we stand. In this age of diversity-worship, it is considered axiomatic that all cultures and countries are equal. Western culture—and its most consistent and highest expression, America—it is declared, is in no way superior to that of any other culture, not even to tribes of cannibals. To deny the equality of all cultures, claim...
  • Nihilist Mutants

    05/29/2003 9:35:58 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 7 replies · 374+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 29, 2003 | Michael Miller
    20th Century evil is hydra-headed. Lop off one head; it grows another. With the defeat of the Kaiser's welfare Reich, the menace of Nazism arose. With the defeat of Nazism, Communism menaced. With the collapse of the Reds, the Greens were waiting in the wings. Why? The short answer is that they are interchangeable. They posture as enemies, but they were (and are) each others' best source of recruits. That prompts another "Why?" The answer is that these evils are variants of a more fundamental evil. They are all mutations of nihilism–radical rejection of the good, absolutely and in principle;...
  • Nihilism

    05/05/2003 7:49:06 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 13 replies · 350+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 5, 2003 | Michael Miller
    The 20th century is one of wars and dictatorships. It opened with the First World War, during which Communist dictatorship appeared on the European fringe in Russia, and following which Fascist and Nazi dictatorships arose in the heart of Europe. Then came the Second World War and the Cold War. Communist dictatorship spread to Asia, Africa and the Americas (Cuba). Even areas which hadn't arrived at dictatorship were well along the road. They suffered continuous erosion of citizens' rights. We must learn why! We must know the cause to find a cure. History is a record of human actions, and...
  • On May Day Celebrate Capitalism

    05/01/2003 10:52:34 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 10 replies · 264+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | May 1, 2003 | Dr. Edwin A. Locke
    May Day will once again be celebrated by left-wing and environmentalist protestors united by a single emotion: a virulent hatred of capitalism, especially global capitalism. Why the hatred? The advantage of a global economy based on free trade and capitalism is so obvious and so enormous that it is difficult to conceive of anyone opposing it. The benefit is based on the law of comparative advantage: every country becomes more prosperous the more it invests in producing and exporting what it does best (in terms of quality, cost, uniqueness, etc.), and importing goods and services that other countries can produce...
  • Bin Laden, Dostoevsky and the reality principle: an interview with André Glucksmann

    04/26/2003 8:32:19 AM PDT · by Leisler · 22 replies · 672+ views
    Open Democracy ^ | 31 - 3 - 2003 | Liss Gehlen/Jens Heisterkamp
    Europe is trapped by complacency and an all too human desire for oblivious contentment, says a leading French philosopher. This helps ensure the success of the nihilistic terror and extremist ideology exemplified by al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein. Nobody wants war – but genocide is worse than war. Liss Gehlen/Jens Heisterkamp: Why do you return to the work of Dostoevsky to explain the terrorism of the 20th and 21st centuries? André Glucksmann: In Dostoïevski à Manhattan I pose a philosophical question: what is the ‘idea’, the characteristic form of modern terrorism? And my answer is: nihilism. Socrates asked: what do a...
  • "Chicago:" The Decadence of Elitist Cinema

    02/16/2003 7:58:36 PM PST · by G. Stolyarov II · 90 replies · 470+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | February 16, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    Seldom a film comes about that not merely exposits but also patronizes the sensation-grabbing, flesh-lusting, nihilistic paradigm behind the Oscar nominations, but this time Hollywood has surpassed the veneer of “artistry” to uncover the brazen essence of its propagations. Earlier this week I had given myself an investigative assignment: to see one of the films in competition for the Academy Awards (which I, being fairly insulated from the cultural mainstream, seldom do) and to review it independently, not reading past evaluations, not filtering the works of others to form my perception from theirs. My analysis of the film, in its...
  • Gore’s TV War: He Lobs Salvo At Fox News

    11/26/2002 11:02:56 PM PST · by BADROTOFINGER · 224 replies · 1,021+ views
    New York Observer ^ | Josh Benson
    Gore’s TV War: He Lobs Salvo At Fox News by Josh Benson Among the many problems facing the Democratic Party, according to former Vice President Al Gore, is the state of the American media. "The media is kind of weird these days on politics, and there are some major institutional voices that are, truthfully speaking, part and parcel of the Republican Party," said Mr. Gore in an interview with The Observer. "Fox News Network, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh—there’s a bunch of them, and some of them are financed by wealthy ultra-conservative billionaires who make political deals with Republican administrations...
  • Check out this letter to the Australian (says 9/11 was a "monument to peace"

    09/09/2002 2:59:40 PM PDT · by zapiks44 · 17 replies · 180+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 9, 2002 | Bob Lane
    On the anniversary of September 11, it is of value to reflect on the causes of this event, particularly as they are still present and likely to provoke similar attacks in the future. At about the same time as George Bush was asking why the US was hated, Osama bin Laden was trying to explain it to him. Bush was told the US would know no peace until US troops were out of the Islamic holy land, the punitive sanctions against Iraq were ended and a solution was found for the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees resulting from the...