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Dennis Quaid

One of the cutters in Breaking Away is Dennis Quaid. Of those four young actors he has been the most successful turning into a good leading man. He has done some very good performances in his career including his performances as Doc Holliday in Costner's Wyatt Earp and the astronaut Gordon Cooper in "The Right Stuff". He does a good job in the remake of "Yours, Mine and Ours".

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Breaking Away

I watched this movie recently. It is a movie that uses a real sporting event. In this case the Little 500 a bicycle race run in Bloomington, Indiana. It concerns four local young men who are not going on to college and have not joined the work day world. One is very into bicycle racing. After various events they enter the Little 500 and win. They probably would in real life get terribly beaten but it is still a fun movie worth watching.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Twelve Angry Men

This is a movie I have seen several times but I can always watch it again. It is the story of the deliberation of a jury in first degree murder case. One juror played by Henry Fonda votes not guilty. The movie show the changing of the minds of the other eleven jury members. The cast which is headed by Fonda who is strongly supported by the players of all eleven other jurors. The lead opposing juror is played Lee J Cobb but he is strongly supported by E G Marshall early in his career.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Larry Schrest 1946-2008

I didn't know Larry Schrest. I had until a few months had not even heard of him. He was an Austrian economist. You can read more about him on the MisesBlog. My reason for mentioning him is that at his death he was the same age as my younger brother, Ben. His death for people my brother's age and older is that the end of life is coming. For some fast and for others slow but it is coming.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Censorship and Selective Moderation on Objectivism Online

Just wanted to get the word out about that 'other' forum... For those of you who wonder why my presense on OOL is so rare in the past year, it’s because I’ve been put on Moderator Watch, which was sometime about a year ago. The individuals who initiated this action, David Veksler and David Odden, aledge that it is because I fail to use Reason in my posts. I don’t know about you, but I have noticed a lot of whacky posts on OOL and they aren’t put on mod watch. So I sense something going on whe

mweiss

mweiss

 

13 Days Part 2

A few words about the acting in 13 Days. Bruce Greenwood is excellent as President Kennedy. He has the tone and look of the President. Stephan Kulp is wonderful as Robert Kennedy. Kulp is very under appreciated actor. Kevin Costner is just a star to sell the movie. He adds very little to it.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

13 Days

This movie is an account of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The crisis last the thirteen days in the title. This is well done movie. Good acting, script, and cinematography are all very much in evidence. It is wonderful to see the history of our time accurately displayed. The script is taken from Robert Kennedy's account of the crisis. The US late in October of 1962 discovered the Soviet Union was placing medium range missile into Cuba contrary to their promise. The original plans were ta

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

James Garner

While I was disappointed in the Maverick I watched I was reminded that this was the show that introduced us to James Garner. James Garner is a good but underrated actor. He keeps making good movies showing a good range. I hope he begins to get the praise he deserves.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Maverick

I have not watched this show since it was on in the late 50ths. I found it very disappointing. The irreverence and wit I remembered were gone. I guess you can't go home again and sometimes you shouldn't.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

James Bevel

Yesterday Rev. Bevel was sentenced to a long prison term(15 years) for having sex with one of his daughters. Rev Bevel marched along side Martin Luther King Jr during the early and late 60ths. I don't know if he was Memphis at the time of King's death but he was probably not far away. The story in today's(Oct. 16, 2008) Washington Post suggested that Rev. Bevel had sex with more than one of his daughters. This sounds both sad and sick Rev. Bevel is probably going to die in prison.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Canada Elections 2008

Yesterday Canada had an election. The Conservatives won but with a minority government. Canada is badly divided. I don't think any of the three major parties is a national party. The third largest party hold seats in only one providence. Stephan Harper is an attractive man and I hope he can bring a good head to his country's leadership.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Article in the Objectivist Newsletter

Most of the better articles in the Objectivist Newsletter were reprinted in the essay collections. One article that was not was Miss Rand's article after the Goldwater defeat "It's Earlier than You Think". It is worth reading or rereading for anyone into political action. I would recommend it to supporters of Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Acorn

Acorn is registering voters. It has been discovered that some of these registered voters are dead. I think Conservatives and Burkeans should be pleased. Edmund Burke believed that society included both the living and the dead and even those who were not born. Acorn has just put this practice into effect.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

The Ayn Rand Letter

I also got this book from the Ayn Rand Bookstore. The Ayn Rand Letter was the last publication Ayn Rand was associated with personally. It sadly suggests she was losing her great power. When it was first published Ayn Rand talked about reaching a wider audience but at the end she was preaching to the choir. Some of the material is very good but I think all-in-all there was lots better material in the Objectivist and Objectivist Newsletter.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Ayn Rand's Marginalia

I got this book with an order I made from the Ayn Rand Bookstore. This is a book that you wonder why it was published. They are notes Ayn Rand made in various books in her personal library. While such comments maybe on interest to scholars they are not have as much interest for the layman. The books also suggests that Miss Rand was not well read. There has been discussions because some of her comments about Ludwig Von Mises are very strong. I think these comments were not really inten

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Did Rand Implicitly Implement the Concept of Duty in Her Moral System?

Did Rand Implicitly Implement the Concept of Duty in Her Moral System? Written June 14, 2007 Rand explicitly denounced the notion of duty in her formulation of ethics. But I here hope to show that she implicitly relied on duty in spite of her explicit rejection of the concept. And the essence of my argument is this: Ethics is a system of justification. We use ethics to justify our actions (and the drives behind our actions). There exist but two mutually exclusive standards for justification. A

Lukon

Lukon

 

O J

O J has been found guilty. It's armed robbery but he maybe in prison for the rest of his life. The events related to the original murders. It's going to interesting to see how it all plays out.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Tom Lahr

Tom Lahr has been referred to on OL proper. Tom Lahr was a singer and satirist during the early part of the 1960ths. He had a song called the Vatican Rag. His song about Wehar Von Braun has been referred to on OL. As his regular day job he taught higher mathematics at Harvard.

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb

 

Jon & Kate Plus Eight

This is a show on The Learning Channel. It is about the Gosselins who first had twin girls and hoping for one more got six. That's right SIX! In part because of modern medicine multiple births are increasing. There are at least three sets of sextuplets and at least one of septuplets in the United States. These large multiple birth are almost alway premature so modern medicine has gotten these children thru that very difficult period [ The first and most famous set of multiples was t

Chris Grieb

Chris Grieb