He died today. He was the man who conquered Everest. He is also the only man to stand and the North & South Poles. I can remember seeing the movie "The Conquest of Everest".
He was something of an environmentalist but he was not wacko. He also had authority from all he had done.
I have attended the last three TOC Summer Seminars. I don't know if I will go to the next one.
The invitation to the head of another Objectivist inter-net forum has angered me and others. I consider this person to be anti good manners. From reports he behaves in his forum like a bad bar room lout.
I hope TAS will rethink this invitation.
In a little while we should know who won.
Why simply because something is first has it become so important. But the caucus is being treated like it's the Presidential election. That doesn't happen till Nov.
Iowa is a very unrepresentative place. So is New Hampshire.
One of the best proofs about the New Hampshire being unusual is it was selected for the Free State Project.
I've been here two years. Only MSK has more posts than me.
I had been on SOLO and then Return to Reason. I haven't been on either of those websites since I joined OL. With the case of SOLO it sounds like I haven't missed a thing.
I have been through some health problems since coming on to OL. I met a few of you in person including MSK, Kat. and the lovely Barbara Branden. Thanks again to them and the rest of you even Baal.
Radley Belko has a weekly poll at his blog. This week's topic is the worst prosecutor. He has removed Mike Nifong and Alberto Gonzales. The ones left include Germonle Wilson case prosecutor in Georgia and Richard Paey's prosecutor in Florida. The others are interesting too
Prosecutors have a huge amount of power for good and ill. We have to insist on more accountability.
On January 25th we get Rambo. It's a new movie. Apparently Rambo is fighting the Burmese. Isn't Stallone getting a little old for this?
A movie with Burmese villains. Why not with Islamic villains? I not afraid of the Burmese attacking Washington.
She was a great character actress working in the 30ths and 40ths. She usually played a spinster or a widow. She was not a beauty. I just watched her as Miss Pross in "A Tale of Two Cities" which is one of her great roles.
When you watch old movies you see these wonderful character actors who always seem to provide great moments in these old movies. They are all missed.
Last night (Dec 28) TCM showed "A Guy Named Joe". At the end of the movie Osborne noted that the screenplay was by Dalton Trumbo who Osborne said was accused of being a member of the Communist Party and that Trumbo was blacklisted. Dalton Trumbo was a member of the Communist Party. His party card was presented at the HUAC hearings that Ayn Rand testified at. Dalton Trumbo later admitted his membership in the Party.
Trumbo lost his job not just because of his membership but also because t
Radley Belko has posted the sickest video on his blog "The Agitator".
It is a church choir singing a parody of "We Are the World". The choir members are from this church that demonstrates at the funerals of American serviceman celebrating the deaths of the servicemen because in this group's view the United States tolerates homosexuality which they believe is a sin. The servicemen's death are in their view God's punishment.
The video has to really be seen.
All I could post after I wa
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I just found out that Steven Truscott's mother Doris died Thursday. She was 82.
She had gone through a life that is hard to imagine. Heard her son sentenced to death. The agony of having to visit him in jail and then prison.
This year she was able to witness her son's exoneration.
All I can think to say if she were before me now would be "Thank You!.
All of her life she knew one fact. Her son was not murderer and rapist. She was right.
The FEC can't do anything. The commission doesn't have a quorum so they can't issue any matching funds. Today's Washington Post story mentioned the Ron Paul blimp as a specific example of campaign activity the Commission can't deal with.
Let's hope it continues!
I f you watch TV you may have seen ads for this movie.
I smell a rat. A Hollywood rat.
I want to say that I have not seen the movie. The movie does not open till Christmas day but I read the book of the same name.
Charlie Wilson's War is a fascinating story. Congressman Wilson after being something of a playboy during the 70ths did help the Afghan rebels get funding. But he was not alone. One of the other people who helped was a man who lived in government housing. I am of co
I get e-mails from a relative warning me about the secularization of the United States. The latest is the charge that the new dollar coins have omited In God We Trust from the face of the coin. The phase has been put on the edge of the coin. I think I will use the new coins.
I would like to recommend Liestoppers blog about the Duke Lacrosse case.
They have a long discussion of the lawsuit I discussed in my last blog post. The list of defendants is much longer than I reported.
I have just seen a report that three other Duke lacrosse players have filed a suit against Mike Nifong, Duke University, and the city of Durham.
Duke has settled with the three accused but the suit for wrongful discharge by Coach Pressler has been refiled. Duke continued to bad mouth Pressler. It isn't over!
Yesterday December 15th was Bill of Rights Day. December 15th was the day the Bill of Rights was ratified.
I missed it but Tim Lynch of Cato wrote a wonderful piece on the blog Cato@Liberty. It is worth making the point that American still care deeply about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I hope all my readers get and reread a copy of the US Constitution.
If you don't have one you can get one from Cato Institute. They are a great stocking stuffer.
I hope you all read Radley Balko The Agitator.
Radley has one of the best blogs on "war on drugs" and criminal justice matters. He has written great deal on the whole "swat" team raids about drugs.
Radley Belko used to work for Cato and is now on line editor for Reason. He has a great blog.
I have posted about M Stanton Evan's book Blacklisted by History. Blacklisted by History is about Senator Joseph McCarthy who McCarthyism is named for.
The definition of McCarthyism is false accusations, the smearing of innocent people. It is condemned by both the left and the right. The Evan's book argues this is a false picture.
Yet I have doubts the truth will break through. McCarthyism has become a bad word. The facts are no longer enough.
Orwell talked about controling the
The Atlas Society has announced the site for the next Summer Seminar 2008.
It will be Portland Oregon. We will have more information later.
The Atlas Society got the message from last summer and will have a range of places to stay at.
There was interesting Washington Post story about historical preservation in our nations capital.
The third Church of Christ Scientist which is located one block from Lafayette Square wants to move and sell their building. The Historic Preservation Board says they can't. The building which was build in the 60ths is one of the ugliest in DC. The board wants to keep it because it is an example of a type of architecture from the 60ths.
The preservation board says there are no issues of