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Free Minds 09

It ended today and was very good. I will have more to report. Will be at Freedom Fest. Sixteen hundred people at Freedom Fest. It's the only convention in Las Vegas that has more people than last year.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Father's Day

I want to think those fathers doing their unappreciated tasks. I hope we all remember those fathers who are no longer with us. I have mentioned The Wire. Look at it and think about the young who no active father in their lives. Remember the welfare that broke up families and made millions of youth parent less. Remember this when you hear complaints about the size of our prison population.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. There were no American flags on display in my walk to Whole Foods this morning. If there were an Obama flag it would be flying high.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Jena Six

Today on Face Book I joined a group called F the Jena Six. Has the case vanished because the facts have interfered with the narrative? It was the racial crime of our era since Emmitt Tell except it wasn't.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

A word for drunken sailors

People are saying the Obama administration is spending like a drunken sailor. That is unfair to drunken sailors. When drunken sailors ran out of money they go back to their ship. The government just prints more money.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Ayn Rand on Humor

In Objectively Speaking, Rand is quoted as saying that she developed her theory of humor based on what an "acquaintance" suggested. I'm wondering if this was Nathaniel Branden (and, of course, whether NB was edited out). -Neil Parille

Neil Parille

Neil Parille

 

In Cold Blood

I watched the movie yesterday (May 26). I suspect Richard Brooks, the writer of the screenplay who was also the director, let to change of focus. The book In Cold Blood was released to great fanfare in 1966. It was called a non-fiction novel. Truman Capote the author had tried the technique before but this book. Capote saw a small story in the New York Times about the murder of all four members of the family of a wealthy Kansas farmer. He decided to go to Holcombe, Kansas with his fri

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

William Shatner

On my Face book page I have proposed that William Shatner should be honored by the Kennedy Center. Shatner should be honored for his portrayal of Captain James T Kirk on the first Star Trek TV series. He also portrayed Kirk in several of the movies.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Bonnie & Clyde

Yesterday May 23rd was the 75th anniversary of their death. The movie with Warren Beatty glamorized them and was not accurate. Still it does introduce most Americans to Foggy Mountain Breakdown so it wasn't all bad.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

California's Election

Yesterday(May 19th) Californians voted on seven tax referendum. Six of the seven were rejected. The one that was approved puts a salary cap on state officials while the state is running a deficit. There are a couple of reason why this important. First of all California voters saw through the hysteric campaign made among others by Gov Arnold. Second California was a very strong Obama state. When Obama has to raise taxes on everyone I suspect many will not be happy. California in 1978

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Natural Order

Parents are supposed to die before children. When children die before parents it always distributing. I recently found that someone I know who had four sons has lost two of them. One to illness, the other to a police related shootings. You feel badly for the parents. They have to do things they never expect to do. In the past children because of childhood diseases would die early. My grandmother had lost three members of her family to scarlet fever. This doesn't happen now because of v

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Al Capp and Little Abner

My title "The Country in the Very Best of Hands" is from a title of a song in the musical "Little Abner". "Little Abner" was taken from a popular comic strip of the same name. Little Abner was hugely popular comic created by Al Capp (1909-1979). He created all the characters in the strip many of whom became household names. Little Abner, Daisey Mae, Ma and Pa Yokum, Marrying Sam, and Moonbeam McSwine. Abner's favorite comic strip character Fearless Fosdick who was a great take off on Di

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Objectively Speaking By Ayn Rand

I'm reading this book (a collection of interviews) and it's fascinating. In particular, I found Rand's discussion of libertarianism much more balanced than in the quotes you can find on the ARI's page. In addition, Rand is sympathetic to restricting voting to those who have property. She is also more supportive of state's rights than in other places: -Neil Parille

Neil Parille

Neil Parille

 

Atheist Delusions by David Bentley Hart

I just finished this new book by Eastern Orthodox theologian and historian David Bentley Hart. Not really a response to the New Atheists, rather a review of the various claims against Christian history such as the Inquisition, Galileo, Hypatia, the library of Alexandria, Christianity and war, Christianity and science, etc. It's very well written.

Neil Parille

Neil Parille

 

New Books By Prof. Gotthelf

Look like Prof. Gotthelf will be coming out with two new collections. His CV lists: 1. [2010] Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Ayn Rand's "New Approach to Epistemology" (with G. Salmieri, O. Ghate, and J.G. Lennox) 2. [2010] Ayn Rand: A Companion to Her Works and Thought [20 chapters, 16 authors] (co-edited), Oxford: Blackwell -Neil Parille

Neil Parille

Neil Parille