This is a dynamic, powerful book. It is filled with in-your-face pull-no-punches logic and reason. Oh these Ayn Randians (Bernstein has written and lectured with the Ayn Rand Institute for some time). Do they never stop spouting about individual rights, freedom of choice and rational self-interest? It is a short book, 175 pages in hard cover … Continue reading CAPITALIST SOLUTIONS – A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas by Andrew Bernstein
NO THEY CAN’T by JOHN STOSSEL
...WHY GOVERNMENT FAILS-- BUT INDIVIDUALS SUCCEED. This is libertarian John Stossel's retort to the big government political slogan "Yes We Can". It is his latest book for individual freedom of choice and against overbearing government. Stossel was a consumer reporter on ABC network and its 20/20 investigative show for a couple of decades. Since becoming … Continue reading NO THEY CAN’T by JOHN STOSSEL
Legalizing drugs and prostitution??
Uhh, I don't think so. I'm prompted to mention the topic because a woman 'liked' one of my previous posts. When I looked at her own WordPress site I found she is an ex-prostitute and an advocate/supporter for other such women. As most of us who philosophize on such weighty issues as drugs and prostitution … Continue reading Legalizing drugs and prostitution??
T.O.T.N. 3/15/12 Koran burning, contraception, the war on women, billionaire women, wind turbines killing raptors…
Thoughts On The News. From God's Country: KORAN BURNING: From today's New York Times: QUOTATION OF THE DAY "How can you compare the dishonoring of the Holy Koran with the martyrdom of innocent civilians? The whole goal of our life is religion." MULLAH KHALIQ DAD, a religious leader in Afghanistan, on the relatively muted reaction … Continue reading T.O.T.N. 3/15/12 Koran burning, contraception, the war on women, billionaire women, wind turbines killing raptors…
Pulling Our Forces from Europe – Coffman’s Washington Roundup 2.10.2012
[Following is a recent email from my Congressman, 6th Congressional District Colorado, to his constituents. I like Coffman. He is ex-military and a former Colorado State Treasurer. He is a hard-working congressman.] Dear Friends, The Cold War ended in 1989, yet we still have 79,000 troops stationed in Europe with 45,000 of them in Germany … Continue reading Pulling Our Forces from Europe – Coffman’s Washington Roundup 2.10.2012
The Colorado Republican Caucus 2012
I attended my neighborhood's precinct Republican caucus last night. The precinct is the smallest defined voting area within Douglas County Colorado where I live. 42 registered Republicans out of 247 registered within that area filled a high school classroom to SRO. (P.S. High school buildings are BIG these days!) That 17% turnout of warm bodies … Continue reading The Colorado Republican Caucus 2012
T.O.T.N. 11/10/2011: Romney, Gingrich, Paterno
Thoughts On The News: A.B.O. is my presidential campaign motto for 2012. "Anyone But Obama." Now that you know where I sit AND stand, following are a few thoughts and articles of recent note. Mitt Romney continues to shine in the Republican Presidential Debates if only for his ability to stay in the middle of … Continue reading T.O.T.N. 11/10/2011: Romney, Gingrich, Paterno
Thoughts On The News. (From the iPad 2 again. Practice, practice.) Happy autumn everybody. It is peak colors viewing week in Colorado. ALL of the WSJ Opinion Page is excellent today. [This link is no longer specific to 9/30/11. Sorry 'bout that.] Most notable IMO: Noonan, Moore, and Du Pont.
T.O.T.N. – Wed. 9/28/2011
Thoughts On The News. My main reads in the morning are the WSJ Opinion Page and the NY Times, both of which I receive via email. My most used online news site is MSNBC.COM because I find it reasonably complete and easiest to read and navigate. What American 'Political Prisoners'? An American hiker channels Noam … Continue reading T.O.T.N. – Wed. 9/28/2011
T.O.T.N.-Thoughts On The News, 9/27/11
First a thought on some of yesterday's. (If the links don't work Google is your friend.) Susan Collins: The Economy Needs a Regulation Time-Out "America needs a "time-out" from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy. I have introduced legislation to impose a one-year moratorium on any "significant" new rules that would … Continue reading T.O.T.N.-Thoughts On The News, 9/27/11
T.O.T.N. – Thoughts On The News, 9/22/2011
Troy Davis executed: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44592285/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/#.Tnt9J6N5mSM I'm generally pro-death penalty, definitely anti- executing innocents. It's sad they couldn't have given a stay and more time, still the powers that be must have felt that after 30 years all avenues had been exhausted. Nasty business regardless. Meg Whitman to be named head of HP: http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/09/22/7900871-meg-whitman-to-be-named-new-head-of-h-p-report-says She did well … Continue reading T.O.T.N. – Thoughts On The News, 9/22/2011
The Price of Freedom
Men and women. That's the price of freedom. Living and dead. Yes, yes, "...in the long run we all are dead" (Keynes). The price of freedom is that a lot of people don't get a chance at the long run. They die too soon, too young, on a distant, unfamiliar battlefield somewhere. I was visiting … Continue reading The Price of Freedom
What are YOU reading? …and other musings
But enough about you. Today while I walked KaCee the Wonder Dog along side the Dam Road I listened to most of the Werner Erhard CD: Transformation: The Life And Legacy Of Werner Erhard. (Listening is almost the same as reading, and listening about Werner is valuable literature indeed.) It was poignant, moving, profound. I recommend … Continue reading What are YOU reading? …and other musings
Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America
...by Ann Coulter. My commentary/review, written in several parts over time. It's a work in progress I want to share with you now. I'll add a note here when I've finished reading and commenting. (NOTE: I'M FINISHED NOW! 6/27/11.) [MINIMAL SPOILER ALERT. Details WILL be discussed briefly, but this is non-fiction. It's not like I'll be … Continue reading Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America
The Republican Who Can Win
Argue with me people! With civility of course, but argue. Exchange ideas. Inform me. I want to get this. I'm not a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon so I need your help. Dorothy Rabinowitz opines in the WSJ (The Republican Who Can Win) that the 2012 Republican candidate will require a passion for ideas … Continue reading The Republican Who Can Win
NYT Slams Obama Administration!
If this isn't a harbinger of doom for the anointed one's 2012 re-election then nothing is. In two separate articles (one 'reporting', the other 'editorial, though it's often hard to tell the difference in this publication) the New York Times criticized (yes, actually CRITICIZED) the Obama Administration. (For those of you in Rio Lindo, this … Continue reading NYT Slams Obama Administration!
SHIBUMI (understated elegance) (effortless perfection)
This may be the longest book commentary/review I've ever written, as priceless quotes abound throughout the book and I plan to include many. All are from the 2011 paperback copy. I'm including numerous info links. Use them after your first read of the review or as you go. You choose. Trevanian's SHIBUMI. Originally published in … Continue reading SHIBUMI (understated elegance) (effortless perfection)
Give Me A Break by John Stossel
Oh these libertine Libertarians. Will they never stop chanting for individual rights and self-responsibility? What does Stossel think this is, a free country? His book Give Me a Break : How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media... by John Stossel (Feb 1, 2005) seems to speculate that it could be, … Continue reading Give Me A Break by John Stossel
Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (the movie)
This movie, based on Ayn Rand's novel, was both thought provoking and enjoyable. When it ended I thought, darn! I have to wait one year for Part II to be released, and two years for Part III! (If the producers keep on schedule, and I hope they do.) I've read 'Shrugged' a couple of times … Continue reading Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 (the movie)
Reading Ann Coulter
She's smart, very smart. She's good looking. She has a supremely acerbic, acidic, wryly humorous wit. She's in love with herself I suspect. I know I am. In love with myself that is, or very very fond of at least. A healthy dose of egoism along with a pinch, dash, or splash of egotism might … Continue reading Reading Ann Coulter